The lift explained through the medium of lego

It’s pretty hard to explain let alone visualise the process of lifting the boat. What happens where? What is the crane going to do? My solution to this is to attempt a dry run through the medium of lego.

Introducing Lego Captain Helen. Note the barnet – the Rye winds do it no favours.

And the lego version of Beta III in all its glory.

On Wednesday 6th November around 11am, Beta III will be making her way downstream.

She will be steered (and towed) by captain Carl.

Only a 15 minute journey from the current mooring to the wharf but time for a bit of a titanic impression en route. I am sure that Ms Winslet didn’t have such an unruly barnet.

Betty is at the wharf so time for the lift to begin.

Three strops are run under the boat and lined up with the bulkheads – the strongest parts of the hull. These are attached to a chandelier beam to prevent them collapsing inwards.

The crane is moved into position and the lift begins.

Betty is lifted out of the water and on to the waiting lorry (yes, I know it’s a turtle but I’m afraid the props cupboard was bare… Work with me here)

Betty is then whizzed up the road to the industrial estate with the crane then lifting her off on to the railway sleepers.

We all celebrate a job well done.


What could possibly go wrong?
Woman overboard?

Lifeboat rescue?

The crane breaks sending Betty crashing into the water?

We hit an iceberg titanic style?


Fingers crossed for a successful lift!

CREDITS: Many thanks to KSJ for fabulous photography skills and to Roland for the towel.

The original lego version of the fireboat is below…



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