Seaplane Tender Project Airborne Again

13 Oct

The Sunderland Trust’s Seaplane Tender project has got ‘airborne’ again – thanks to practical support generously given by two firms which operate in Pembroke Dock.

After several years displayed at the former Flying Boat Centre near the South Pembrokeshire Hospital the now very rare Seaplane Tender was transported to its new home in the grounds of the town’s Heritage Centre.

Providing the uplift was Main Port Engineering’s large crane and the short road journey was accomplished courtesy of a Nolan Transport lorry.

Masterminding the transfer was Sunderland Trust Volunteer Greg Laycock who said: “The move went perfectly and we are most grateful to David and Matthew Harris, of Main Port Engineering, and Cameron McDonnald, of Nolan Transport, for providing the means to achieve this, and to crane driver Jimmy Jarrett and Nolan’s driver John Mythen for their expertise.”

The 37 ft long 200-class Seaplane Tender is owned by the Sunderland Trust, which runs the Heritage Centre at the Royal Dockyard Chapel.

“We will be repairing and repainting the craft and returning it to its wartime look,” added Greg. “For many years these craft were a daily sight on the Haven – now this is a very rare survivor.”

The Sunderland Trust is adding to the team which will work on the Seaplane Tender in the coming months. Potential recruits to the team are invited to contact the Trust on 01646 684220 for further information or e-mail enquiries@sunderlandtrust.com

Wartime flashback - a 200-class Seaplane Tender off the RAF Station at Pembroke Dock. PICTURE: Sunderland Trust Archive

Wartime flashback – a 200-class Seaplane Tender off the RAF Station at Pembroke Dock.
PICTURE: Sunderland Trust Archive

Safely delivered - Left to right: Greg Laycock (Sunderland Trust); David Harris, Jimmy Jarrett and Matthew Harris of Main Port Engineering; Cameron McDonnald and John Mythen of Nolan Transport. PICTURE: Martin Cavaney Photography

Safely delivered – Left to right: Greg Laycock (Sunderland Trust); David Harris, Jimmy Jarrett and Matthew Harris of Main Port Engineering; Cameron McDonnald and John Mythen of Nolan Transport.
PICTURE: Martin Cavaney Photography

Airborne - the Seaplane Tender takes to the air at the Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre. PICTURE: Martin Cavaney Photography

Airborne – the Seaplane Tender takes to the air at the Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre.
PICTURE: Martin Cavaney Photography