Gull mast back at yacht club base

Thurrock Gazette: Cllr Joy Redsell was joined at the lighting up ceremony by Thurrock mayor Yash Gupta and Sir Jeremy de Halpert, from maritime safety organisation Trinity House Cllr Joy Redsell was joined at the lighting up ceremony by Thurrock mayor Yash Gupta and Sir Jeremy de Halpert, from maritime safety organisation Trinity House

THE mast of the historic Gull Lightship was lit up in a special ceremony on Thursday.

The ship, which dates to 1860, was used as the headquarters for Thurrock Yacht Club from 1947 to 1971.

After the yacht club found a more permanent base, the ship lay abandoned on the banks of the River Thames, in Grays, and fell victim to vandalism and disrepair.

It was eventually sold for scrap, but Conservative councillor Joy Redsell launched a campaign to save the mast.

Following a £48,000 project, the mast has now been restored and relocated to Thurrock Yacht Club.

Cllr Redsell was joined at the lighting up ceremony by Thurrock mayor Yash Gupta and Sir Jeremy de Halpert, from maritime safety organisation Trinity House.

Cllr Redsell said: “I am delighted to see some heritage celebrated in Thurrock. This is an absolutely beautiful thing to behold following a lot of hard work.

“I would like to thank the many organisations, like the Veolia Mardyke Trust, the Port of Tilbury, and Npower as well as the many individuals – even one from the United States – who have contributed to saving this beacon.

“I would also like to thank Grays Yacht Club for its help and congratulate A P B Marine, Premier Piling and Small and Company and their teams of workers who made this project possible. Without all of us working together, the Gull light would not have been erected.”

Sir Jeremy added: “This is a magnificent icon for Thurrock and, as far as I know, is the first incident of recycling from a sunken lightship, making it completely unique and a beacon for everybody.”

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12:15pm Thu 29 Nov 12

Mamma Mia says...

I bet the yacht club members are really pleased it's back (she said, tongue in cheek)!
I bet the yacht club members are really pleased it's back (she said, tongue in cheek)! Mamma Mia
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3:30pm Thu 29 Nov 12

Thurrockbob says...

Let's hope they look after the mast, because they sure didn't look after the boat. I hope it will be monitored.
Let's hope they look after the mast, because they sure didn't look after the boat. I hope it will be monitored. Thurrockbob
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3:47pm Thu 29 Nov 12

rogwj says...

A popular misconception, Bob. The boat was not theirs to look after. After Gull ceased to be the clubhouse, it was moored next to the newly built premises and was sold soon after. It remained there while its new owner deliberated over a long time how best to go about using it, and in due time the new owner either went backrupt or lost interest. The yacht club could not legally touch the hulk; they tried in vain to have it removed and in the process of their efforts got little or no help from the appropriate statutory authorities who constantly passed the buck. Over at least the past 30 years Gull was not the yacht club responsibility, and even when it was finally demolished the decision was taken elsewhere. The restored mast, by the way, is also not the property of the yacht club.
A popular misconception, Bob. The boat was not theirs to look after. After Gull ceased to be the clubhouse, it was moored next to the newly built premises and was sold soon after. It remained there while its new owner deliberated over a long time how best to go about using it, and in due time the new owner either went backrupt or lost interest. The yacht club could not legally touch the hulk; they tried in vain to have it removed and in the process of their efforts got little or no help from the appropriate statutory authorities who constantly passed the buck. Over at least the past 30 years Gull was not the yacht club responsibility, and even when it was finally demolished the decision was taken elsewhere. The restored mast, by the way, is also not the property of the yacht club. rogwj
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6:45pm Thu 29 Nov 12

A Dermot says...

£48K to restore a piece of scrap metal!
£48K to restore a piece of scrap metal! A Dermot
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8:11am Fri 30 Nov 12

Thurrockbob says...

rogwj wrote:
A popular misconception, Bob. The boat was not theirs to look after. After Gull ceased to be the clubhouse, it was moored next to the newly built premises and was sold soon after. It remained there while its new owner deliberated over a long time how best to go about using it, and in due time the new owner either went backrupt or lost interest. The yacht club could not legally touch the hulk; they tried in vain to have it removed and in the process of their efforts got little or no help from the appropriate statutory authorities who constantly passed the buck. Over at least the past 30 years Gull was not the yacht club responsibility, and even when it was finally demolished the decision was taken elsewhere. The restored mast, by the way, is also not the property of the yacht club.
I stand corrected, I thought the yacht club were at fault. I do still hope that the ruins that are left can be removed as they do spoil the coastline.
Thanks for correcting me.
[quote][p][bold]rogwj[/bold] wrote: A popular misconception, Bob. The boat was not theirs to look after. After Gull ceased to be the clubhouse, it was moored next to the newly built premises and was sold soon after. It remained there while its new owner deliberated over a long time how best to go about using it, and in due time the new owner either went backrupt or lost interest. The yacht club could not legally touch the hulk; they tried in vain to have it removed and in the process of their efforts got little or no help from the appropriate statutory authorities who constantly passed the buck. Over at least the past 30 years Gull was not the yacht club responsibility, and even when it was finally demolished the decision was taken elsewhere. The restored mast, by the way, is also not the property of the yacht club.[/p][/quote]I stand corrected, I thought the yacht club were at fault. I do still hope that the ruins that are left can be removed as they do spoil the coastline. Thanks for correcting me. Thurrockbob
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11:10am Sat 1 Dec 12

A Dermot says...

Heritage Thurrock style - demolish Tudor barns, demolish 250 year old pubs, concrete over ancient meadows, let the state cinema rot, let 150 year old ship rot but save its mast and celebrate some imaginary cultural link with Thurrock.
Heritage Thurrock style - demolish Tudor barns, demolish 250 year old pubs, concrete over ancient meadows, let the state cinema rot, let 150 year old ship rot but save its mast and celebrate some imaginary cultural link with Thurrock. A Dermot
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