The Baden Powell.

A £76,300 Lottery grant has been made to a restoration project which will see a King’s Lynn boat float once more.

The Baden Powell was built in 1900 by Walter Worfolk and was the first of more than 600 boats built in Lynn by his company on the River Nar which remained in existence until 1981.

The 34ft wooden boat is the only one of its type, double-ended topsand cockler, in existence and is being restored by a group of volunteers.

It is the third time the group has applied for help from the Heritage Lottery Fund – and the first time it has been successful.

“Now we can proceed at a faster pace with the restoration programme. By 2016 she will be good for another 100 years in the water, fulfilling a new role in the history of King’s Lynn and giving many people the new experience of seeing the town from the river to learn about its history. King’s Lynn deserves its own historic boat,” said project leader Tim Clayton.

Local young people will be introduced to the basics of woodworking and boat building through the project during next year.

In 2016 the Baden Powell will offer sail training opportunities for  youth groups.

“This is an excellent opportunity for the King’s Lynn Worfolk Boat Trust to rescue an important example of maritime heritage and help develop the skills of young people. Thanks to the enthusiasm of local volunteers, future generations will be able to view and sail on the Baden Powell and more people will be able to learn about the local history of boat building,” said Robyn Llewllyn, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in the East of England.