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See ships, boats and visiting vessels at Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival

A fascinating range of vessels moor alongside South Quay during Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival for visitors to see. Additional visiting vessels are currently being confirmed with the Habourmaster, so watch this space for more details.

Unfortunately, some ships and boats have to duck out at the last minute, due to operational commitments.

Belgium Minesweeper

AMS Bernise
The AMS 60 Bernisse is a WW II class minesweeper with a 40mm bofour gun. She is made of oak and has a length of 44.0 meters and a width of 8.30 meters. She is equipped with two 450 HP GM 8 cylinders in line and can reach a topspeed of 13,5 knots.

She was used to clear WW II mines from the coastal waters left by the Germans.
And is currently used as a promo/museum ship for the Royal Dutch Navy. Fully maintained by volunteers who all served with the navy. Please visit us at Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival.

Enjoy a complete tour of the ship and see with your own eyes how life aboard an old warship is like.

Come aboard! £3 per person

George Stephenson

George Stephenson

The brain child of Dutchman, Sveratius Strik, this is an extrememly unusual, brand new (2014) yet very historic steam ship.

There is no new wood on board this ship - every plank that you see has been salvaged or recycled from somewhere else along with everything else that you see on board! 

There are also two engine rooms - the steam engine was made in Great Yarmouth. 

Come aboard! Adults £3, Children £2 (5-16 years) Under 5's FREE

MV Triton

MV Triton

Visitors can also go aboard the trimaran Triton. The Triton, the world’s largest motor-powered trimaran at 97m (318ft) long and now a research vessel owned by local company and festival sponsor Gardline Marine Sciences, but which began life in 2000 as a £13.5m prototype technology test bed for new hull forms and defence systems.

She was sold to Gardline in 2005 for hydrographic survey work for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and has also been contracted to the other side of the world patrolling for the Australian Border Force’s Marine Unit armed with two heavy machine guns.

Come aboard! Adults £3, Children £2 (5-16 years), Under 5's FREE


MTB stands for motor torpedo boat. Motor Torpedo Boats were designed to be able to mount a quick response to threats from any other seagoing vessel whether a warship or a submarine.

This particular MTB was launched in 1937 and saw active service during the Second World War from 1939 to 1940 mainly in the English Channel.

Kelso Films refurbished the MTB102 to be a WWII MTB for their 1976 film, 'The Eagle has landed' which starred Michael Caine.

The Lydia Eva

Lydia Eva

Built in King's Lynn in 1930 and based in Great Yarmouth, Lydia Eva fished for Silver Darlings along the East Coast and North Sea for nine years until herring stocks declined!

The Royal Air Force brought her in 1939, using her in a variety of roles including salvage during the Second World War until she was laid up in 1969.
She was bought by the Maritime Trust in 1971/2 and restored as a floating museum in Great Yarmouth.

The Lydia Eva Charitable Trust Ltd was formed and opened as a museum. The Trust leases the ship and shares her between the ports of Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth.

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