Move To Pyewipe, Lincoln

In May 1999, Graham Mackereth offered the century old Mary Gordon to the people of Lincoln. At a public meeting in the Pyewipe Inn, over 40 people tuned up to express their interest in restoring the Mary Gordon and seeing her back on the Brayford once more.

The Friends of the Mary Gordon and the charitable body, the Mary Gordon Trust were formed.

The Mary Gordon was purchased from Graham Mackereth for the nominal sum of one pound.

The vessel on the back of low-loader on the way to Pyewipw
The boat was brought back to Lincoln by KDJ Haulage.

Arrival at the Pyewipe
arrived at the Pyewipe

The vessel is lifted by crane into position
and was craned into position by Abba Plant Hire Ltd.

Both companies gave their services free of charge.

Recognising the Mary Gordon’s historic importance, she has been included in the National Register of Historic Vessels – a notable achievement.

In January 2003, the Mary Gordon Trust was awarded a grant from Lincolnshire County Council.

In March, 2006, the Mary Gordon Trust was awarded a grant of £23,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

It is planned that the boat, fitted with an electric motor as it was when first built over a hundred years ago and remembered so fondly by many Lincoln people, will eventually be moored at the Sea Cadets Headquarters on Brayford Pool in the heart of Lincoln. It will be available for use by schools, groups and organisations for educational and recreational purposes and will show the importance of Lincoln’s waterways in its industrial development, the environmental benefits of electricity for propulsion and the wildlife of the waterways, as well as being an icon and a “flagship” for Lincoln.

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