Weʼre raising £1,000 to help restore ST437, a World War 2 air/sea rescue boat.
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ST437 is a Mk1 seaplane tender and spent the entire war on air sea rescue duties, mostly in the Bristol Channel. ST437, and vessels like her, saved the lives of over 13,000 British and Allied aircrew during WW2. They provided a critical but largely unsung role during the war with crews risking their lives to save others.
There are very few of these boats still in working order - 437 will be only the fouth of her class to have been saved. She has recently been accepted onto the Register of Historic Vessels as a boat of national historic importance.
The restoration process will be neither quick nor inexpensive but will prevent this beautiful vessel from going the way of so many others - to rot away in the boatyards and backwaters of Britain.
Any donation you make will be spent directly on materials for the restoration - timber, vintage fittings, paint, etc. and not on rent or labour.
Visit our website to follow our progress: www.st437.org
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Mar 14, 2018
The world needs people like you to bring back to life objects of beauty that are now derelict. I wonder if you could do anything for me?
Jan 24, 2018
My Dad served on one of these in Thames Estuary
Nov 22, 2017
when does the bar open on board ?
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ST437 was built in 1941 and served on air/sea rescue duties in Porthcawl throughout WW2. Now in need of complete restoration,, she will join a handful of Seaplane Tenders in seaworthy condition. ST437 is on the National Register of Historic Ships.
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