Hop on board to keep steamer dream alive ; HULL: Plea for investors to help recreate Lincoln Castle [Hull Daily Mail (England)]
(Hull Daily Mail (England) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) InShort A new exhibition has been launched at Fort Paull displaying parts from the scrapped Lincoln Castle steamer.
Campaigners hope the display will attract investors to build a replica.
THE man behind a tireless attempt to bring a Hull steamer back to life is pleading for investors to help realise his dream.
Chairman of the Lincoln Castle Preservation Society (LCPS) Stephen Sharpe needs about Pounds 4.5m to rebuild the Lincoln Castle vessel.
She was the last coal-fired paddle steamer to carry passengers across the Humber and operated between Hull and New Holland from 1941 to 1978.
Thanks to the people of Hull, the LCPS raised Pounds 104,000 in 16 weeks to buy the Lincoln Castle last year but the vessel's owner refused to sell and the boat was scrapped in October.
Now, fixtures, fittings and other parts salvaged from the ve1ssel are being displayed at Fort Paull indefinitely. Mr Sharpe, of west Hull, had hoped to build the new Lincoln Castle by next year but he admits they are three years behind.
A new company has been set up called New Paddle Steamer Lincoln Castle to head the project.
Mr Sharpe said: It is taking longer than we hoped and we still need to raise the money required.
We are hoping the vessel will be built here on the Humber.
But the plans themselves are costing an awful lot of money.
We have Pounds 28,000 in assets but we had to give back most of the Pounds 114,000 we raised because we never got the chance to buy the original steamer.
We just need new investors to come onboard. Mr Sharpe hopes the new exhibition will encourage people to come forward and back his plans with money.
This exhibition is a big step for us and it's the foundation block to bringing the Lincoln Castle back, he said. This will hopefully put us in the shop window for investment and people can see what we are doing and what we have saved from the original vessel.
We have got some of the internal fittings, including a mirror.
We also have pictures and photos and there is a magnificent mural created by my mother.
We have also brought an 8ft model of the Lincoln Castle.
'Ultimate paddle boat' offered ferry valuable service WHEN the Lincoln Castle was unveiled in the 1940s, she was described as the ultimate paddle steamer.
The Lincoln Castle would ferry passengers, freight and cars from Hull to New Holland and back.
Owner Colin Johnson, refused to sell her to the Lincoln Castle Preservation Society and decided to completely dismantle her.
He argued the vessel was too far gone, having been severely corroded and would sink without Pounds 3m of repairs.
There was a big push in 2010 to save the Lincoln Castle.
In just three months, the Lincoln Castle Preservation Society amassed more than 300 members and raised more than Pounds 100,000.
But Mr Johnson continued to refuse to sell, claiming the schemes suggested were not viable.
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