Renovation work begins on historic Bridlington coble

The Three Brothers renovation begins.
The Three Brothers renovation begins.

A SOCIETY working to preserve a piece of Bridlington’s maritime history have handed over a cheque for £20,000 to renovate a historic sailing coble.

The Three Brothers celebrated its centenary this year but was unable to sail because it needs repairs, so last week, the Bridlington Sailing Coble Preservation Society handed over the cheque to the Bridlington Harbour Commissioners, who are undertaking the work.

The money, which has been gathering in the Society’s bank account, will pay for new timbers, with the commissioners seeking a grant from the Fisheries Local Action Group to continue any further work.

Staff from the harbour and volunteers will work on the project, which will be led by well-known boat builders John Clarkson, from Bridlington and Joe Gelsthorp, from Hornsea.

The society’s treasurer, Mike Wilson, said: “Everyone in the society has accepted that the money in the bank is really for the Three Brothers. John Clarkson said he’d like to do the boat now he has retired and he will add his expertise.

“We would of course like to thank everyone in Bridlington who donated, including the Naked Fish restaurant and the Kingfisher Tea Rooms for allowing us to have collection buckets, and to the holidaymakers for their donations as well.”

Harbour Commissioners’ chairman George Traves confirmed they were going to keep the work in Bridlington, and added: “Work is now underway and we are going to get it into the shed and take it off plank by plank - quite a lot of the timbers will need replacing.

“It is all specialist work and it takes time to find the correct materials and timber needed.

“It is difficult to say how long it will take because we are undertaking a full restoration.”

Mr Traves said that they had had offers from a number of people to volunteer in restoring the coble, including someone from Amsterdam who had been in contact to offer his services.

The 40ft boat was constructed by father and son Baker and Percy Siddall in 1912.