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Help us raise money to pay for Severn's restoration and maintain her once she is back on the water

Severn is one of ten Rivers Class Yachts built for the Royal Mersey Yacht Club. Severn was brought by Arnside Sailing Club with the help of a Heritage Lottery Grant in 2018 to have an example of a Crossfield boat in the village. Crossfields were leading builders of Morecambe Bay Prawners, yachts and dinghies from 1840s to the 1940s including Arthur Ransome’s Swallow.

The Rivers Class were sailed by members of the Liverpool merchant elite, including Olympic medallists. Severn sunk in a race just days before the outbreak of the First World War. She was rediscovered on the bed of the Mersey in 1927, raised to the surface and sailed again. By the 1960s Severn was in North Wales. From 1972 to 2018 she was on the East Coast. 

Severn is currently being restored by David Moss Boatbuilders at Skippool Creek near Blackpool with the help of grants from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Barnes Trust (Arnside) and Arnside Silverdale Grant Fund. However we still need every penny we can get towards the cost of the restoration and maintenance once she is back on the water in either 2023 or 2024.

The restoration includes replacing all her internal framework, repairs to her keel and backbone, restoring the boat to her original 1912 appearance without a cabin, recaulking the hull and fitting a new engine. We hope to have her back on the water at Arnside in 2023 and 2024 and take her down to the Mersey in 2027, the 100th anniversary of her rediscovery.

We are also interested from hearing from people who can help us sail and maintain Severn

Do not forget to Gift Aid your donation. 

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£1,599.50 raised

£1,312.00 donated and £287.50 in GiftAid

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Friends of Severn from Friends of Severn

Friends of Severn have been set up to help look after Severn, a yacht built in Arnside in 1912. Severn is one of 10 Rivers Class yachts built by Crossfields of Arnside in the run up to World War One for the Royal Mersey Yacht Club. She was brought by Arnside Sailing Club in 2018 with the help of a Heritage Lottery grant to have an example of a Crossfields boat in the village. Crossfields of Arnside were leading builders of yachts and Morecambe Bay Prawners active from 1840s to 1940s. Amongst the boats they built were Arthur Ransome's Swallow and Coch-y-bonddhu.