A FUNDRAISING appeal has been launched in support of the National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port.
Hairy Biker Dave Myers is supporting the appeal to help volunteers conserve an historic canal boat built almost 90 years ago.
The boat – nicknamed Ferret – was built in 1926 by Yarwoods in Northwich and needs a complete overhaul to give her a new lease of life.
As well as carrying her own cargo, she had enough power to pull an unpowered narrowboat.
Donations will help trainees and volunteers at the museum’s heritage boat yard restore the boat and put her back on the water.
Dave Myers visited the boat yard when filming The Hairy Bikers’ Restoration Road Trip and has lent his support to the appeal.
He said: “When I visited the National Waterways Museum, I had a go at some simple restoration tasks and got an idea of the skill and time involved in restoring these precious boats.
“By donating to this appeal, you will help the volunteers and young trainees at the heritage boat yard continue this important work. You will help keep vital heritage skills alive and ensure future generations can enjoy and learn from our wonderful heritage.”
The boatyard was created to conserve the historic boat fleet at the museum and to teach young people practical boat building skills.
Volunteers and trainees work alongside each other and specialist skilled craftsmen on a wide range of boats.
John Inch, museum general manager, said: “Without the generous support we get from donors, it wouldn’t be possible to keep the doors of the workshop open, teach people traditional skills or preserve our rich history for future generations.
“The boats at the museum offer a window on our industrial past, when canals were the arteries of industry. They offer visitors an insight into our ancestors who lived and worked on our waterways.
“We are able to send our historic boats out of the museum and around our canals and rivers where they can be seen and enjoyed by the even more people.”