Sea Gosport history

Steam Pinnace 199
Steam Pinnace 199
Portsmouth & Southsea railway station by Andy Cooper

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Tomorrow is your chance to explore a ship built in 1911 that even served in the First World War - for free.

Steam Pinnace 199, which is based in Gosport, has been undergoing a refit at The Maritime Workshop and has been operated and maintained by her owners and the National Museum of the Royal Navy.

Tomorrow there will be a project open day which gives families the chance to explore the local heritage of the boat.

Throughout the day, there will be opportunities to learn about the history of Steam Pinnace 199 and the re-fit work that has been undertaken.

Visitors can also speak to the volunteers that have already undertaken 3,000 hours of work to get the boat into its current state.

The open day will also feature a secondhand book stall and a table full of home-made food, baked by volunteers. All profits from this will go towards the fund-raising total for the boat.

The team is trying to raise the final £11,000 to add to the £86,500 it has already brought in.

The day at The Maritime Workshop in Gosport runs from 10am until 3pm. Call (023) 9252 7801.