I was flat out working again so never got to do interview with the rather pretty Ros.
Mastic in hand maybe should have used a few more tubes.
Keith who found the original boat in 1992 came to lend a hand.
Then Richard watched by Pete Clark pushed the boat off the building platform.
Richard with wife Lee and his boat, I can not tell you what a pleasure and an honour it was to work with this wonderfully humble man and help him realise his dream.
Tony Robinson had changed his hectic schedule to stay over for the launch.
Then suddenly it was away
Hotly pursued by Tony and crew.
through the market square
Whilst everyone else followed allong we were left with a rather sad empty tent full of tools to clear up and lock away before dashing down to try to catch the launch.
We were just in time to get a pic before they started to lower it in.
Then a dash round the other side there was something wrong
she was taking on water and had to be lifted back out……I was gutted, it felt like reaching the FA cup final after monumental effort only to loose in injury time. I got a big hug from Tony Robinson who could feel our pain. It was always going to be a difficult brief to build a boat that can float one day then take apart to get into a museum a few weeks later on a very tight time schedule and we came very very close.
Here is an index for all blog posts on the Dover boat project
woodworking-marathon-continued-just 18 hours to go.