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11.latest news  MV Baden Powell  Sails out of King's Lynn Docks.

10. UKD's Sealion  working in the river for KLCB. Also UKS's Dredger Cherry Sand and KLCB Pilot boat.

9. Giant Crane Barge Arrives on ABP Riverside Berth  To Help Flood Defences.

8. Geoff Bullen ATC RAF  died on 21st March 2014.

7. A tug from Hamburg brought the large barge into the Port of Lynnand loaded ABP's King's Lynn largest crane a Liebherr LHM1120

6. Dutch training Schooner DE Tukker,  the 100ft ship had to make an unscheduled call at the port of King's Lynn, on 31st May 2004.

5. Mosquito memorial dedication at the ATC HQ in Loke Road, King's Lynn - 2nd January 2012.

4. De Haviland Mosquito NS 988 Parts recovered from Wash - 22nd July 2004.

3. Kieler Hansekogge Boal Quay, King's Lynn,7th August 2004.

2. H M S CottesmoreSunday 18th September 2005 Lynn's TS Vancover Sea Cadets visit.

1. Royal Navy mine hunter HMS Brocklesby arrived at King's Lynn on Friday 9th November 2007 to support the town's annual Remembrance Day commemorations to Remember Fallen Heroes.








15 August 2017 - MV Baden Powell (LN135) leaves port of Lynn.

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Preparing to leave Docks.

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Preparing to leave Docks - (LtoR) Brian Smith, Chris Ward & Tim Clayton.

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Preparing for cast off


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Lining up with the Docks lock gates.


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Mayor of King's Lynn & West Norfolk, Councillor Carol Bower, Dr Paul Richards returning to the Visitors Pontoon.

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with the Mayor of King's Lynn & West Norfolk, Councillor Carol Bower.

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Guests Returning after a short trip.


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LtoR ____ Tim Clayton ______.


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ABOUT BADEN POWELL:

The Baden Powell was built in 1900 in a boatyard on the River Nar by Walter Worfolk. He had arrived from Stainforth in Yorkshire with his young family the previous year, staying at The Hulk, in Bridge Street, with his wife's uncle, William Lancaster. Walter already knew that Lynn had no boatbuilding company to service the fishing fleet, and he put the skills he learned in Stainforth to immediate use by building the 33ft Baden Powell for Harry and William Cook, for £50.

The Baden Powell Project is the restoration of a unique and marvelous fishing smack. She is unique - the only double-ended vessel of her type in existence. The plan is to make the Baden Powell seaworthy, move her to the waterfront of King's Lynn, Norfolk, and use her for cruises in the River Great Ouse and The Wash. This is a wonderful opportunity to save an important part of the maritime heritage of King's Lynn and use a local boat to tell passengers about the town's history of fishing, trade and exploration from a river perspective.

After her fishing career ended in the early 1990s, the Baden Powell was given to True's Yard, an independent fishing museum.

Volunteers have spent more than a decade rebuilding the Baden Powell.

A trust was formed to restore her in 2006 and jeweller Tim Clayton transported her to a barn at Terrington which became a workshop. Volunteers gathered at the farm every Wednesday to work on the vessel. But what was originally planned as a restoration turned into a complete rebuild, when it emerged her hull planking was too rotten to save.

The trust raised more than £100,000 from donations and also gained a £67,000 lottery grant to fund the work. King's Lynn jeweller Tim Clayton who led the restoration project, estimated it had cost around £500.00.

The Baden Powell was lifted into the The Alexandra Dock King's Lynn (ABP) on Friday 28th July 2017.

The restoration team are now undertakeing sea trials, with a view to having the boat back on open water towards the end of August 2017.

Meanwhile, fundraising efforts for the project are continuing with a competition to guess the weight of the boat.

The lorry transporting her was weighed when it arrived at the docks and again when it left. The actual weight is set to be revealed on Heritage Open Day, with the nearest estimate winning £30 and a seat on one of the first river trips.

Entries are £1 each, or £5 for six attempts. Estimates, with cheques made payable to the King's Lynn Worfolk Boat Trust, should be taken to the trust's office or posted to 23 Chapel Street, King's Lynn, PE30 1EG.

MORE TO BE ADDED..



3rd May 2015 - Giant Crane Barge Arrives on ABP Riverside Berth - Tidal gauge to Help Flood Defences.



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Tidal gauge platform with controls

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Barge with section of tidal gauge.

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Barges with Tidal equipment on board.

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KLCB Tug (Conservator).

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KLCB Tug (Conservator) taking up position.

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Crew casting off.

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Nova K - KLCB Pilot.

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Moving to site to start erection.

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ABOUT STEMAT: Stemat's modern well-equipped workboats and extremely experienced and motivated personnel enable it to become involved in a great many infrastructural projects. We own a wide variety of modern equipment, including multi-purpose vessels, crane barges, pontoons, pushers and tug boats.

At our home port in Rotterdam, we have over 14,500 m2 of harbour space, 160 m of wharf frontage and 13,500 m2 of storage space available. The wharf is equipped with mobile cranes with a hoisting capacity of up to 23 tons

Nova K (Workboat)

StematClick on logo left to view Website for Stemat Marine Services.


DINA-M (multipurpose barge)



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14th May 2015 - UKD's "Sealion" working in the river for KLCB. Also UKS's Dredger "Cherry Sand" and KLCB Pilot boat.

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UKD Sealion working in the river for KLCB.

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UKD Sealion working in the river for KLCB. UKD Sealion is a 25 metre Multicat built by Damen Shipyards for UK Dredging. She is specified to provide a multi purpose dredging support vessel with bed levelling, buoy handling and survey capability. Her principal duties are those of a bed leveller and her 10 metre plough is capable of working at a depth of 20 metres.

The Multicat form provides the stability to assist in dredging support, to handle floating pipelines and to act as a marine working platform.

Fully equiped with DGPS and digital mapping, her survey equipment is fully compatible with all UK Dredging's fleet and able to act on a stand alone basis. A winch encoder accurately determines plough depth so that the combined package offers a complete survey and bed levelling service.

Winch arrangements permit 3 point anchoring, allowing accurate positioning for holding the vessel on station in difficult tidal or weather conditions.

With accommodation for 5 people UKD Sealion can be self sufficient and is available for work 24 hours per day.


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22nd July 2004 - De Haviland Mosquito NS 988 Parts recovered from Wash

Eight Photographs to view: Rear section of Pilots seat with some of the leather padding still in position Image, Mark Tilbury (Marine Salvage Team) talks to the Media, Lifting the Prop ashore, Sue Raftree from the RAF Casualty Section.

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Parts from Mosquito have now been recovered from the Wash. The King's Lynn Conservancy Board's "St Edmund" tug was used to recover parts of the plane. The "St Edmund" transported the plane remains to the Alexandra Dock yesterday evening and today they were transferred to lorry for transport to RAF Marham, Part of one of the two Merlin Engines - Engine being lifted from St Edmund

Two airmen died when their plane plunged into the Wash during air-to-air mission off the coast at about 3pm on March 20, 1945 almost 60 years ago. Flight Lt Gabriel Hitch Ellis, from Norwich, and Sgt William Patrick Reidy, from Bournemouth, were on board the Mosquito just a few months before the end of the second world war when it got into difficulties and crashed into the sea near King's Lynn.

The recovery was carried out by a team made up of members of the RAF and the Royal Navy, and was headed by the Salvage and Marine Operations Unit based at Falmouth in Cornwall.

The twin-engined 400mph fighter-bomber will be examined by experts, who may at last be able to unlock the mystery of what went wrong as the two men flew on their final mission.

© 2004 John Barrett LRPS

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Above Left to Right: David Twidle, Assistant to Group Chief Executive (retired 2008) Right John Copping Port Director ABP Short Sea Ports. (retired September 2005)


Monday 2nd January 2012 - Mosquito memorial dedication - at the ATC HQ in Loke Road, King's Lynn.

42F Memorial Dedication was held at their Headquarters, Loke Road, King's Lynn, PE30 2BP

Research into the history of our Squadron of a 70th Anniversary project produces, from our wealth of archive material, wartime newspaper reports of the deaths, or missing in action, of a number of young men. Further investigation of the original cadet lists 1939 - 1946 revealed that these cuttings referred to earlier members of 42 Founder (King's Lynn) Sqn who had on reaching age joined the Services.

Once it was known that these young men, only a year or two older than our current cadets, had lost their lives it was a natural decision to work towards the lives it was a natural decision to work towards the construction of a lasting memorial in their memory.

We were donated an aircraft propeller blade by the Fenland Aviation Museum and this, after partial restoration, has become the centre piece of 42F's memorial to its Fallen.

This propeller blade, recovered from the wash in 2004 with other wreckage, is from RAF Mosquito FB MkV1 NS998 of n85 Squadron, the crew of which we also honoured to reminder on this memorial.

Squadron Honours Its Own - Report from Mike Lister Sqn MCO 42F (King's Lynn) Sqn - N&S Wg

At 11am on 2nd January the generations came together at the HQ of 42F (King's Lynn) Sqn for the dedication of a memorial to its own wartime "Fallen".

Exactly 73 years earlier on 2nd January 1939 42 (Founder) Squadron was born into the Air Defence Cadet Corps (ADCC), later to become the ATC. The ADCC and ATC trained thousands of young men in preparation for the services and it was a natural progression that most went on to join the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, although others were conscripted into the Army and Naval services

Having discovered that a number of its members had paid the ultimate sacrifice during WWII the squadron embarked upon a mission to erect a lasting memorial to their memory. With the most fantastic support of local clubs, businesses, groups and individuals who supported the project with donations, prizes and fund-raising the memorial was constructed by the cadets under the leadership of Michael Duncalf the father of two cadets and a keen supporter of the squadron.

The centre piece of the memorial is a propeller blade from a WWII Mosquito aircraft that crashed into The Wash in 1945. It was donated by the Fenland & West Norfolk Aviation Museum whose members assisted in its recovery in 2004. The memorial also honours the two crewmembers of the aircraft whose remains were also recovered at that time.

The short, but moving, dedication service was conducted by the Norfolk and Suffolk Wing Chaplain, Canon Reverend Ron Tuck and the Squadron Padre Reverend Corin Child. CWO Ed Barrett read out the names of the fifteen (known) members killed after which wartime cadet Lionel Jackson read the "Ode of Remembrance". After the "Last Post" Silence and "Reveille" Cdt Sgt Glencross read the Kohima Epitaph. Following the blessing of the memorial, a winter wreath, studded with poppies and rosemary for remembrance, was laid by Geoff Bullen the squadron's first enrolled cadet in 1939.(see photo 12/047202 & 205)

At the conclusion of the ceremony all present took the chance to chat and reminisce whilst enjoying a buffet lunch.


See latest two photographs kindly supplied by Geoff's son Mark. These have been added to the above on updated 19th April 2014 - Click on the the above photograph to view all 4 photographs of Geoff.

See two photographs of Geoff Bullen ATC RAF at the Memorial Service 42F's laying a wreath, photographs taken on Monday 2nd January 2012. Geoff F Bullen who at the age of 16 was the first cadet to be enrolled in the newly established Squadron, (and therefore the first in the County). On joining the RAF Geoff went on to fly Stirling bombers and saw action on D Day and at Arnhem. - Fl Lt Bullen ATC RAF saw active service with 196 and 570 Squadrons primarily supplying SOE in Norway and Denmark and latterly was involved in operation Market and Overlord. - Geoffrey Bullen died on 21st March 2014 (see links below showing further details.

View/print Lynn News Obituary Notice. obituary notice from Lynn News 28th March 2014.

View/print NEWS RELEASENEWS RELEASE End of an Era for 42F submitted by 42F Media & Communications Officer Mike Lister.

Last updated: updated 19th April 2014

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 Click to see Mosquito NS 988 Parts recovered from Wash 22nd July 2004



31st May 2004

Dutch training schooner DE Tukker

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The 100ft Dutch training schooner DE Tukker had to make an unscheduled call at the port of King's Lynn on Friday May 31st 2004 when it developed engine problems. Engineers from Prior Diesel Ltd worked through the bank holiday weekend to complete the repairs.



6th July 2003

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Title: The 183-tonne crane drove on to the barge in the Bentinck Dock on Friday- The barge moving through 
the Berntick Passage into the Alexandra Dock © 2003 John Barrett LRPS

Liebherr LHM1120 moves from Lynn Docks

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A tug from Hamburg brought the large barge into the Port of Lynn and loaded ABP's King's Lynn largest crane a Liebherr LHM1120. ABP is transfering this from King's Lynn Docks to ABP's Newport dock by barge today. The 183-tonne crane drove on to the barge in the Bentinck Dock on Thursday.

The LHM1120 was purchased in 1992 at a cost of £1 million as part of the Riverside Berth development and was first used in September 1992. It was the first of its type in the UK. It has a lifting capacity of 35 tonnes. Like the new crane it was built in Neuzing in Austria. It was the first fully computerised crane at the Port.

ABP King's Lynn recently purchased a new LHM70 crane as its replacement


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