Over the last few months the boys and girls at IBTC Lowestoft have been adding the final touches to the new replica of the James Caird. The boat will be partially completed before being moved to a secret location for final fit-out, painting and rigging. This is the best researched, assembled, and most faithful reproduction of the lifeboat modified by Chippy McNish between October 1915 and April 1916.
No detail has been overlooked throughout her construction. When any doubt was present, the boat builders consulted extensively researched archive images, and material drawn from various sources in the UK and overseas.
This new boat is testament to the hand skill handed down from shipwright to boat builder. IBTC Lowestoft works alongside The Shipshape Network with support from National Historic Ships UK – the official voice for historic vessels in the United Kingdom. The Network is a nationwide project to bring together historic and high value vessel owners, skilled craftsmen, businesses, heritage organisations, training bodies and all those with an interest in Britain’s maritime heritage and ship preservation.
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