Sebastian Terelinck.
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Family members of King’s Lynn waterman Sebastian Terelinck travelled from near and far for a special boat-naming ceremony on Sunday.

They joined North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham at a ceremony to name a new Eastern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority patrol vessel after the head water bailiff, who drowned in the Lynn Channel on December 29, 1913.

The event was held at Marriott’s Wharf, South Quay and some relatives had made the journey from Australia for the occasion.

The ceremony followed the re-laying of Mr Terelinck’s gravestone in the town’s Hardwick Cemetery on Friday.

Eastern IFCA had the stone restored back to its former glory.

The work had been carried out by Lynn firm, A. F. Holman and Son and took around three weeks.

Mr Terelinck, 75, and his assistant John Allen, 23, of West Lynn, both died while carrying out their work for the Eastern Sea Fisheries Joint Committee.

A boat has already been named after Mr Allen and on Sunday, it was Dutchman Mr Terelinck who was remembered.

Crowds of people gathered along the quayside to witness the occasion.

The new vessel will  primarily be used to patrol the coastline of Lincolnshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

Julian Gregory, acting chief executive with the Eastern IFCA said it was very emotional for the family with members who were reunited for the day.

He said part of the plan had always been to re-name a vessel after Mr Terelinck.

Mr Gregory said the gravestone restoration had resulted in the cross being found and reinstated.

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