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New steam boat chugging in to Great Yarmouth festival

The George Stephenson, made from recycled and salvaged materials, which is heading to Great YarmouthA new steam ship built using recycled or salvaged parts from other vessels and buildings will make its debut at the Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival.

The George Stephenson has been constructed using both traditional and modern engineering techniques and will be throwing open its doors to visitors at the South Quay on September 9 and 10.

Each section of the ship has been planned and constructed by Dutch businessman Servatius Strik who has packed it with historic treasures, both externally and internally.

Some pieces have been taken directly from other ships and boats while other parts are raw materials.

The keel was laid in 2006 but it wasn’t completed until 2014 while Mr Strik painstakingly sourced the perfect materials.

The propellers come from a smelted down screw of the former French Navy aircraft carrier Clemenceau and the doors are from the RMS Windsor Castle.

The teak decks originate from an Indian school building, built in Bombay in 1888, while the cabin boasts a radiator from 1920 salvaged from a French fishing vessel.

Other hidden treasures include the timber paneling from the doors of the former Defence department building in Paris, a steam whistle from a tug in New York and a bronze anchor chain from a 1952 English Ham Class mine sweeper.

Visitors can also admire the two engine rooms, one of which houses an eight cylinder Gardner diesel engine, built in 1976.

Alan Goodchild, managing director of Goodchild Marine at Burgh Castle near Great Yarmouth, who has more than 40 years boatbuilding experience, said he was looking forward to seeing how the George Stephenson had been constructed.

“I’m absolutely intrigued because the owner has brought together all sorts of different components from various eras. It is always a challenge building a boat from scratch so I’m excited to see how all the materials complement each other.

“It’s clear there has been a lot of time and effort taken into getting the design and build completely right.”

The Maritime Festival is staged by the Greater Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement Area (GYTABIA) as part of its drive to attract visitors and spending to the area.

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