Brid coble is back in the water

The Three Brothers is hoisted into the harbour after its restoration.
The Three Brothers is hoisted into the harbour after its restoration.

A 100 year old sailing coble has finally got back in the water after an extensive refurbishment.

A re-dedication ceremony was held last month for the Three Brothers sailing coble, but because of unseasonably bad weather conditions, it was last week when the boat was finally able to be lowered into Bridlington Harbour.

It will now be taken round to a pontoon at the harbour, before finishing touches are made to allow it to go out to sea again.

The granddaughters of Baker Siddall, the man who built the Three Brothers in 1912, attended the re-dedication ceremony, which featured prayers from the Rev J McNaughton and hymns from Filey Fisherman’s Choir.

The work to bring the boat back up to scratch was led by local boat builders Joe Gelsthorp and John Clarkson after the Bridlington Sailing Coble Presentation Society handed over a cheque for £20,000 to Bridlington Harbour Commissioners.

Mike Wilson, of the preservation society, said: “It’s marvellous to see her back in the water. I was away for the ceremony, but all the fundraising and the hard work of those who have restored her has been worthwhile.”

The society held its annual general meeting last week, at which thanks were expressed to the Bridlington Harbour Commissioners and certificates were presented to Mr Clarkson and Mr Gelsthorp.