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Oysterboat could boost Emsworth’s tourism

Oyster boat Terror rep jt pic 1

Terror, Emsworth's last oyster boat

Securing the future of Terror, Emsworths last Victorian oyster boat
 
Terror, a lovingly restored, gaff-rigged sailing boat is the only surviving Victorian oyster boat in Chichester Harbour.  She currently takes up to six passengers on trips along the Emsworth Channel.  Chichester Harbour Conservancy, which currently runs and maintains Terror, is marking 50 years since the Harbour was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is seeking to develop a long-term strategy that will secure Terrors future as a unique part of the Harbour scene.
 
 
 
Maria Court
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Chichester Harbour Conservancy
Administration Officer
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Harbour Office, Itchenor, Chichester PO20 7AW
01243 510984 / 512301
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www.conservancy.co.uk




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From: Maria Court <Maria@conservancy.co.uk> PPP-140205-133410001

Oyster boat Terror rep jt pic 1 Terror, Emsworth's last oyster boat Securing the future of Terror, Emsworths last Victorian oyster boat Terror, a lovingly restored, gaff-rigged sailing boat is the only surviving Victorian oyster boat in Chichester Harbour. She currently takes up to six passengers on trips along the Emsworth Channel. Chichester Harbour Conservancy, which currently runs and maintains Terror, is marking 50 years since the Harbour was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is seeking to develop a long-term strategy that will secure Terrors future as a unique part of the Harbour scene. Maria Court | Chichester Harbour Conservancy Administration Officer | Harbour Office, Itchenor, Chichester PO20 7AW 01243 510984 / 512301 | www.conservancy.co.uk INFO ONLY:There should be some on file too From: Maria Court PPP-140205-133410001

EMSWORTH’S last surviving oysterboat could be handed over to the community in a bid to boost tourism.

Terror, which was built in 1880 at Foster’s boatyard by oyster baron JD Foster, is facing a fresh challenge in her long and often turbulent career.

Chichester Harbour Conservancy, which runs and maintains the Terror, has arranged a public meeting at Emsworth Sailing Club to see if the community would eventually like to take ownership of the vessel.

It comes as the conservancy has admitted that in the long term, it may struggle to have enough funding to keep the boat afloat.

Terror takes up to six passengers on trips along the Emsworth Channel.

A decade ago, £100,000 of lottery money was spent on restoring the boat to its former glory at Dolphin Quay boatyard in Emsworth. Before that the vessel had been stored in a greenhouse in Southbourne and was on a mud berth at Tipner during the second world war.

Chris Clode, commodore of Emsworth Sailing Club, said: “It ought to be a tourist attraction. It should be like HMS Victory and the Mary Rose.

‘This is a working traditional oysterboat and is still going strong. It has been beautifully restored and we do not want to lose that boat. It should be on the water and used for tourists.’

Chairwoman of Emsworth Forum Stephanie Elsy said: “I think it would be a shame if this resource was lost to our tourism community and the community.

“I would think people would be interested in seeing what can be done to keep it going.”

Siun Cranny, conservancy director, said: “Now beautifully restored, she is skippered and crewed by a dedicated band of volunteer sailors drawn largely from the Emsworth sailing clubs.

“Despite this huge level of support, and some funding from the Friends of Chichester Harbour, the vessel still requires significant resources from the conservancy to keep her afloat.”

She added: “We are now looking to see if there is enthusiasm locally to take on the full commitment of Terror in the future.’

The public meeting takes place on Wednesday, May 14 at 7pm.

To register for the event, contact Adrian Karn, deputy harbour master, at karn@conservancy.co.uk or 01243 512301.

 

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