Manx Beauty- rebuild our boat strengthen community

by The Cellardyke Trust in Cellardyke, Scotland, United Kingdom

£4,155

 
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The Manx Beauty is a rare, historic Cellardyke-built boat. We aim to kickstart our community project to reconstruct and operate the vessel.

by The Cellardyke Trust in Cellardyke, Scotland, United Kingdom

With the Manx Beauty at the heart of our project, we aim to inspire intergenerational skill sharing and community togetherness.

We want to motivate individuals and organisations to share in the process of bringing this vessel back to life. When restoration is complete, the Manx Beauty will take part in multiple events and projects, and in her new role, she will represent our modern community rooted in a unique maritime history.

1623578537_0_manx_logo.jpgPlease help us bring this beauty back to life for all to benefit.



Who are we?

The Cellardyke Trust is a charitable organisation (SCIO), that works alongside other community groups, to support and develop creative ideas that involve bringing people together. Initially we came together as a group of like minded volunteers, to offer our experience and expertise in helping to deliver various community projects; most recently, we have been involved in the revival of the Cellardyke Sea Queen Festival, the saving of the Cellardyke Phone Boxes and the publishing of The Cellardyke Echo

Through this work, it became apparent that in order to progress ideas fully and be able to apply for a wider range of funding / grants, we needed to have a more formal structure. Hence, in February 2020, we applied for and obtained charitable status and officially formed The Cellardyke Trust.

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Our vision

The Manx Beauty is a boat well known in Cellardyke - it was built and launched here, and skippered by a man whose family still lives in the area to this day. Knowing its history, the team were inspired by stories of the Manx Beauty being used to teach young men new skills, and by the close links that grew between Cellardyke’s community and the Isle of Man (where Manx Beauty was worked). So, in 2019, when the opportunity arose to purchase the boat, the Cellardyke Trust set about returning the boat to her original home.

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BUT...this is not just about bringing a beautiful and rare boat back to its former glory.....

.......for there is no point in restoring an old boat if it is not rooted in the community for the future. This is about the Manx Beauty serving as a catalyst for new initiatives - keeping history alive, by providing a glimpse into the past and making it relevant to all generations, by playing an active role in the present.

Her days of working as a herring fishing boat may be over but Manx Beauty still has much to offer, and once fully restored, we intend to use her to:

  • Give practical sea experience to young people 
  • Visit maritime festivals promoting the community, our history and local businesses 
  • Act as a mobile oral history collection point, attracting people to tell their tales of the fishing industry and communities
  • Create unique summer school events and offer live-aboard experiences 
  • Develop partnerships with local businesses to enable us to do sea fish cookery demonstrations aboard

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Bringing the community together

It is part of our mantra that intergenerational work strengthens families and community. Restoring the Manx Beauty is a huge undertaking and our aim is to involve the whole community from start to finish. In part, we will do this by employing a professional boat builder who, as well as bringing the required craftsmanship to the job, will also provide excellent skill sharing opportunities during the restoration.

And alongside the physical restoration work, we hope to inspire people of all ages and interests through our partnerships with mental health charities and support groups, as well as developing links with all the local schools, and restorative justice. We see this as a way of……...

  • Creating opportunities for practical skills exchange and learning during the restoration - involving secondary school pupils, unemployed individuals, Mens Shed members and volunteers
  • Working with artists and creatives being part of the ongoing story of the boat - helping young musicians develop new skills with professional traditional musicians and tutors, and creating a show round the story; graduate artists and designers developing their work and products; health support groups developing schemes for their members
  • Creating opportunities for local businesses to develop products around this iconic boat, the community and its story
  • Ensuring that the community gets involved thinking about the future, planting trees and creating educational workshops - working with nursery groups, primary schools, secondary school eco groups and partnering with other eco groups in the community

Our Trust already has a great record in community involvement with our Sea Queen Festival, which sees toddlers to 90 year olds taking part. Now we want to build on that community spirit and strengthen intergenerational ties even further.

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1623586165_21_planet.jpgPlanting for the future

(our eco promise)

A wooden boat is a highly recyclable object. As each piece of wood is removed for restoration, a new eco-friendly replacement is added in.

  • Recycling - in our project we are working with Men’s Shed and others to recycle as much as we possibly can; this will range from very small bits of jewellery to larger pieces for educational purposes 
  • Replanting - we are working with young people and land owners to replant - not just to replace what we use in the restoration, but to ensure that there are significant numbers of trees planted for wooden boat building and restoration in the future. This will ensure a long term interest in the boat, be great for carbon capture and be preparing for further work in 80-90 years time while helping to protect the planet
  • Innovation - we are also partnering with the brilliant Catriona Brown, designer of the Shroom Shelter- an innovative plastic-free alternative for use in tree planting 


Why we need your help

We have so many great ideas we want to bring to fruition - every one of them involving and benefiting the community, both local and further afield. But they all centre around the successful restoration of a beautiful piece of maritime craftsmanship, and we need your help to make that happen.

By supporting us, you’ll be supporting:

Our Heritage -  the Manx Beauty was built on Cellardyke Harbour and is a unique surviving example of this type of vessel in the UK and the boatbuilding industry of the town

Our Community -  rebuilding and post restoration will involve opportunities for local schools, unemployed groups, the Men’s Shed and artists and musicians - to name but a few 

Our Eco Promise - we will replant all the wood we use in the project, with extra planted for carbon capture and future projects

The restoration plans (what we’ll spend the money on)

Work has already started and we are costing the project as accurately as possible, preparing the significant amount of background work needed for grant applications. We estimate the complete project will cost in the region of £300,000.

With the initial phase of stripping out and surveying almost complete, the next phase, for which we are currently seeking support, is stabilisation and preservation of the boat, and building up a small fund to enable us to approach major funders for the full restoration project. 

We plan to construct a steel frame to hold the hull in shape during future restoration. We will also buy a cover to protect the hull from rain and we will treat the timber with a boron-based preservative to prevent further rot.

To oversee and enable all of this, we will employ a boat builder for three years, to bring the Manx Beauty back to life and to make her fit for purpose, MCA certificated and relevant to our community use ambitions mentioned above. 

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This is a project for boat lovers and non-boat lovers alike - with immense potential to have a positive and wide reaching impact on the lives of many for years to come. 

You can follow our progress on the Manx Beauty Facebook page @cellardykebuilt.

Our inspiration

Of course, none of this would have begun without the inspiration provided by the wonder that is the Manx Beauty. So let us tell you more about her…….

The Manx Beauty is a 50ft wooden ring-net fishing boat that was built on the harbour side (Bulwark) at Cellardyke in Fife in 1937. Within days of her launch she arrived in Peel to take part in the herring fishing from the Isle of Man. 

She has spent her entire working life in the fishing industry and is now a very rare surviving example of a pre-war fishing boat. For the last 50 years, she was owned by the Maddocks, a fishing family of Birkenhead. Then, when the family decided to put her up for sale in late 2019, she was bought on behalf of the Cellardyke Trust and in February 2020, returned to Fife by road. 

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Why is the Manx Beauty important?

  • She is a rare surviving example of a 1930s ring-net boat; hundreds were built in Scotland
  • She was ahead of her time in boat design and regarded by all her skippers/ owners as one of the best sea boats they had ever sailed in
  • She served in WW2, requisitioned at Workington on port inspection; a rare surviving example of boats in this service
  • She is a rare example of a Cellardyke built boat, and the imagery of them being built on the harbour is iconic
  • She had a full time female crew member, Sylvia Sharples, from 1975-1987 - a unique example in the fishing industry of the time
  • She was the last Cellardyke built boat to be fishing, she was also one of the last fishing boats to work out of Birkenhead, and can tell the tale of the demise of the UK inshore fishing fleet and fishing communities

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A piece of Cellardyke’s history

For the Trust, the history is not just about the physical boat, it's also about the people. It's about the Manx Beauty being a vessel and the stories it contains - what was shared round the table by the crew in all kinds of weather. Who lived and worked it and the families it affected. We have been interviewing and collecting these stories, which you can find, along with a more detailed history of the boat, on our dedicated website page: https://www.cellardyketrust.org/manx-beauty/

Not only was the boat built by locals but the first skippers were also local to the East Neuk - Lockhart Horsburgh from Pittenweem, skippered the Manx Beauty, and Johnny Deas of Cellardyke, who skippered the Manx Fairy.

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Family connections

Coull Deas and his sister May, Johnny Deas' son and daughter, are now over 90 and are still great characters and story tellers. They were at the launch - Coull later worked the boat before being called up in WW2, and May went to the Isle of Man with her mother, attended school there and made lifelong friends on the Island.

And it's Johnny's family who feature in our video - his great granddaughter Ellie is our current Sea Queen and talks about her family links. The boat seen sailing into Cellardyke harbour is the Fruitful, Johnny Deas' eldest son's first boat. It has been restored and demonstrates perfectly how lovely an historic vessel of this kind can be actively used. 

It is important that we keep all these links alive so that future generations feel connected to the boat and the community.

The Isle of Man wanted to stimulate skill sharing back in the 1930s, when our young men went to work there with the newly commissioned boats, to teach and share and reinvigorate the Manx fishing industry. 

We will use the boat as a similar tool, not to teach herring fishing, but contemporary skills relevant to our young people in the community today - both in Fife and connecting back with the Isle of Man.


Who's behind the project

The project has widespread support from numerous individuals including folk in Fife, the Isle of Man, Birkenhead and Shetland. 

1621589640_dales_photo.jpgChair: Richard Wemyss. He has extensive experience in organising arts and heritage events having been Curator at the Scottish Fisheries Museum, Head of Operations at Shetland Arts and Organiser of Cellardyke Sea Queen Festival. He also runs the local foodbank where he can see a positive project like this could benefit many people's lives and mental well being.

1621589567_dave.jpgSecretary, and Community Project Developer: Dave Smith is employed by the Coastline Community Church and has many years experience in developing community projects, particularly youth work.

1615388443_davey_tod.jpgTechnical Adviser: David Tod. He has many years experience as a marine engineer and fishing boat skipper. He has built four boats for himself and has owned a marine engineering company. Davie is Vice President of the Scottish Fisheries Museum having been awarded a British Empire Medal for services to Preserving the Heritage of the Scottish Fishing Industry.

1615388482_mike_g.jpgTechnical Adviser: Mike Griffin is a time-served shipwright who trained at James N Miller and Sons at St Monans and worked there building wooden boats. He subsequently worked at Rosyth Dockyard, as Supervisor and, later, Project Lead on submarines and surface vessels.


How you can help us

Every penny you donate will help towards this ambitious but truly amazing project. Please give what you can and please tell everyone you know about our project, to help spread the word far and wide.

Rewards

As a "thank-you" for your support, we are offering a range of rewards, some of which are truly unique. 

1623575642_12_name_on_plank.jpegYou could have your initials inscribed on the hull component (plank, timberhead or frame), or have your name included on a plaque screwed to a bulkhead.

1623604390_22_oak_tree.jpgYou could sponsor an oak tree to help us with our replanting efforts.

Crail Pottery have created some lovely Salt Pigs with our logo embossed on; small and medium are paired with salt from the exciting new East Neuk Salt Co.

We are also delighted to be supported by some high profile Shetland and Manx musicians who have pledged a unique reward: for a donation of £200 you can have a traditional tune written and given the name you choose.

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Catherine Geldard of "All Things Arbor" in Newcastle has made some delightful pieces of jewellery from oak reclaimed from the Manx Beauty on Sterling silver chains.

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Richard Wemyss has donated two original paintings of the Manx Beauty.

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1621263104_paper_models.jpgFor a pledge of just £10 we will send you a template for a 3-D paper model of the Manx Beauty and her sister ship, Manx Fairy.

We are very grateful to the many businesses who have offered to support the project by providing rewards at either cost price or at no charge; these businesses are individually acknowledged below and further detail about our rewards supporters can be seen here: - www.cellardyketrust.org/manx-beauty/crowd-funder-supporters

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A note from The Cellardyke Trust

We're really excited about this project and although there's a long 1621595820_logo_final_coloured.jpgroad to travel, we're positive about the benefits it will bring to our community and the idea of preserving a very special piece of history. We hope you're able to pledge or donate but even if all you can do is share our project, it is very much appreciated.

We will be posting regular updates on our Facebook page @cellardykebuilt, so please follow us there.

With a big thank you from everyone in The Cellardyke Trust.

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

3-D folding paper Manx Beauty and Manx Fairy Model

Make your own paper models of the Manx Beauty and her sister ship, the Manx Fairy

£30 or more

2 of 30 claimed

Manx Beauty - Scented Candle

The East Neuk Candle Co have produced a bespoke Manx Beauty candle with its own fragrance as part of their Heritage Collection. This will be posted out (within the UK) at no additional charge.

£35 or more

13 of 300 claimed

Sponsor an oak tree

We will plant an oak seedling as part of a wood with a view to replacing the timber used on the rebuilding and provide a resource for future wooden boat restoration - and help to reduce our carbon footprint. We are delighted to be partnering with design graduate Catriona Brown to develop her eco-friendly alternative to plastic tree guards, grown from fungal mycelium. We will inform you when your sapling finds its permanent home.

£35 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Smaller rectangular oak pendant

Catherine Geldard of "All Things Arbor" in Newcastle has made some delightful pieces of jewellery from oak reclaimed from the Manx Beauty on Sterling silver chains. These pieces can be seen on the main page or on the Cellardyke Trust website. These will be shipped with a card certifying authentic Manx Beauty wood.

£35 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Larger rectangular oak pendant

Catherine Geldard of "All Things Arbor" in Newcastle has made some delightful pieces of jewellery from oak reclaimed from the Manx Beauty on Sterling silver chains. These pieces can be seen on the main page or on the Cellardyke Trust website. These will be shipped with a card certifying authentic Manx Beauty wood.

£40 or more

1 of 20 claimed

Inscribed turned oak pen

A high quality ball point pen hand turned on a lathe using beautiful oak recovered from the hull of the Manx Beauty

£40 or more

1 of 5 claimed

Small Crail Pottery Salt Pig & East Neuk Sea Salt

Small, white glazed, Salt Pig hand made by Crail Pottery with the Manx Beauty Logo imprinted on it. See main story. This will be supplied with a jar of East Neuk Salt Co sea salt.

£45 or more

2 of 5 claimed

Medium Crail Pottery Salt Pig & East Neuk Sea Salt

Medium, white glazed, Salt Pig hand made by Crail Pottery with the Manx Beauty Logo imprinted on it. See main story. This will be supplied with a jar of East Neuk Salt Co sea salt.

£75 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Seafood box by East Neuk Kilnhouse of St Monans

1 x Pair Kipper Fillets 1 x Pair Whole Kippers 1 x Pair Hot Smoked Peppered Mackerel 1 x Pair Hot Smoked Plain Mackerel 1 x Pair Hot Smoked Trout 2 x Smoked Haddock Fillets 2 x 175g Mussel (when available) 2 x Hot Smoked Salmon (150g approx) 1 x 125g Smoked Salmon Sliced 1 x Pack of Local Homemade Oat Cakes Vacuum packed and suitable for home freezing Delivery times and arrangements will be made to suit yourselves and the Kiln House

£100 or more

1 of 100 claimed

Sponsor a plank

Most of the hull planking above the waterline needs to be replaced. If you sponsor a 6ft length of plank, you will receive a photograph of your plank in place with your name etched on to the internal surface.

£150 or more

0 of 70 claimed

Sponsor a Timberhead

The timberheads are pieces of solid oak located at the top of each frame which give strength to the upper part of the hull and support the rail. Your initials will be inscribed on the oak, visible from the deck. Your name will be included on a plaque.

£200 or more

0 of 6 claimed

Name an Original Traditional Music Composition

We are very privileged to have the support of 6 celebrated Shetland and Manx musicians who have each pledged an original composition. You have the opportunity to choose name one of the tunes. A truly unique and lasting memory of your donation or gift to a loved one. You will receive a framed copy of your tune in musical notation.

£250 or more

6 of 50 claimed

Sponsor a frame

The frames are the ribs that provide the shape and strength to structure of the hull. Some of the frames need to be replaced with individually hand sawn pieces of 3" oak. By sponsoring a frame you will be contributing a major structural element that will last for many decades. You will receive a photograph of your frame in place with your initials etched on to it.

£35 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Jewellery made from reclaimed Manx Beauty wood

Catherine Geldard of "All Things Arbor" in Newcastle has made some delightful pieces of jewellery from oak reclaimed from the Manx Beauty on Sterling silver chains. These pieces can be seen on the main page or on the Cellardyke Trust website. These will be shipped with a card certifying authentic Manx Beauty wood.

£35 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Heart Pendant from reclaimed oak

Catherine Geldard of "All Things Arbor" in Newcastle has made some delightful pieces of jewellery from oak reclaimed from the Manx Beauty on Sterling silver chains.These pieces can be seen on the main page or on the Cellardyke Trust website. These will be shipped with a card certifying authentic Manx Beauty wood.

£35 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Polished "irregular fragment" oak pendant

Catherine Geldard of "All Things Arbor" in Newcastle has made some delightful pieces of jewellery from oak reclaimed from the Manx Beauty on Sterling silver chains. These pieces can be seen on the main page or on the Cellardyke Trust website. These will be shipped with a card certifying authentic Manx Beauty wood.

£35 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Diamond shaped oak pendant

Catherine Geldard of "All Things Arbor" in Newcastle has made some delightful pieces of jewellery from oak reclaimed from the Manx Beauty on Sterling silver chains. These pieces can be seen on the main page or on the Cellardyke Trust website. These will be shipped with a card certifying authentic Manx Beauty wood.

£35 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Triangular oak pendant

Catherine Geldard of "All Things Arbor" in Newcastle has made some delightful pieces of jewellery from oak reclaimed from the Manx Beauty on Sterling silver chains. These pieces can be seen on the main page or on the Cellardyke Trust website. These will be shipped with a card certifying authentic Manx Beauty wood.

£250 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Painting of the Manx Beauty by Richard Wemyss

Richard is a well known Marine Painter. One painting is in oils the other in Acrylic, both on board

£250 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Original Painting of the Manx Beauty in acrylic

Richard Wemyss is a well known marine artist. He has offered two paintings as rewards, of which one is still available. It is the one on the left, in acrylic on board, showing the broadside view of the Manx Beauty.

Let's make 'Manx Beauty- rebuild our boat strengthen community' happen

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