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Weʼre raising £5,000 to Save fishing boat Dorothy Melinda

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RX53 Dorothy Melinda is a retired fishing boat which sits on a traffic island at Hastings railway station. She is a unique heritage asset made even more valuable by the recent destruction of her sister RX134 Stacey Marie. Much of her upper structure is in need of replacement yet the part that matters most, the hull, looks remarkably good. She could certainly be restored by volunteers as other vessels have been. She has been offered a temporary home by the East Hastings Angling Association (EHAA). Long term the vacant site opposite the Dolphin pub would be most appropriate.

The traditional clinker-built wooden fishing boat, with the wheelhouse at the stern, is an unmistakable symbol of Hastings. Only seven now remain. We mustn't lose another.

The current situation is that, unless the council change their mind, Dorothy Melinda will be broken up and disposed of overnight on the 29th of January - less than two weeks from now.

Contracts have been signed with the demolition contractors. Method plans and risk assessments have been written and approved. Stagecoach bus and Network rail have agreed the date for site access. All this has been planned over many months and many meetings.

There is now simply no time for a change of plan unless she is granted a stay of execution.

There is still a chance that the council will have a change of heart and act decisively. One of the purposes of this this fundraiser is to show them the level of support for that change. If it happens then the monies raised will be used to fund her removal from the station and to begin restoration. If things don't pan out as hoped then all funds received will be refunded.

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  • Peter Carney4 days ago
    Peter Carney

    Peter Carney

    4 days ago

    A few headaches! The stay of execution clock is ticking. A local company is ready to move her but there’s a problem. The landowner had previously agreed demolition and removal at night, but, as a 3 metre wide load, she can't use the highway in darkness. It seems unlikely a daytime move can be negotiated in the short time remaining so I have asked for an extension to June when there is enough daylight at 5 am for the boat to go on the road but still hours before the first bus movement. Fingers crossed!

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  • Peter Carney20 days ago
    Peter Carney

    Peter Carney

    20 days ago

    This morning a representative from a highly experienced contractor made a site visit with a view to appraising the job and preparing a quote. That will be a big step forward. The the great news is that the fundraiser has passed the 40% milestone - £2000. Thank you all so much for your support!

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  • Peter Carney23 days ago
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    Peter Carney

    23 days ago

    It was a joy to see Dorothy Melinda still in place the morning after the original destruction deadline had passed. Many thanks to the person responsible. I had no cause for doubt but I still had to go and see for myself. I am currently talking to a very experienced company to arrange her removal to safety. If they say they can't do it then that would very likely be the end of the matter. The task is making progress yet is still a cause of anxiety.

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Page last updated on: 2/18/2024 14.56



  • Anonymous


    Feb 15, 2024

  • Caroline and Craig

    Caroline and Craig

    Feb 14, 2024


  • Marion and her dad, Joe.

    Marion and her dad, Joe.

    Feb 13, 2024

    I really wish it was more, I hope this helps a wee bit,


  • Andrew White

    Andrew White

    Feb 11, 2024

    I love this boat outside our railway station, I hope enough money is raised to restore it so it can stay there.


  • Anonymous


    Feb 10, 2024


  • Kim Harlott

    Kim Harlott

    Feb 9, 2024

    Let’s hope the target can be reached! Every little helps. 🤞⚓️


  • Tom Glasson

    Tom Glasson

    Feb 2, 2024


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