Ship set for restoration thanks to £26,000 grants

Steve Barrow, Lewis Smith, Shane Bracey, Anne Scott of the Old Hastings Preservation Society and Philip Ornsby of The Fishermen's Museum.

Steve Barrow, Lewis Smith, Shane Bracey, Anne Scott of the Old Hastings Preservation Society and Philip Ornsby of The Fishermen's Museum.

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A FASCINATING fishing boat that spent nearly half a century working the waters off the Hastings coast is being restored to its former glory.

The Valiant was built in 1952 and spent 46 years on the waves as a key part of the local fishing fleet. After it was retired it was brought by The Fishermen’s Museum, Rock-a-Nore, where it has been a proud symbol of the town’s maritime spirit. But now the RX90 Valiant has been moved to a local boatbuilder Steve Barrow’s yard where it is undergoing a £26,000 refurbishment, thanks to various charities like The Stade Education Project and the museum. Mr Barrow was joined by two Sussex Coast College students - Lewis Smith and Shane Bracey - who will help with the repairs.