I am Helen. Or rather, Captain Symonds.
On Friday 13 September 2013 (how ominous) I became the proud owner of the Beta III, a former Thames fire boat. She is past her best and in need of some serious TLC. I am looking to lift her out of the water and refurbish her, hopefully to provide a great home and to keep a piece of London history afloat.
I hold my hands up to having no experience of boats, or boat refurbishment, but I am keen to learn. Its basically just a big, moveable flat with potentially huge plumbing problems, right?
Have a look around…
I hope that this blog will provide a record of the process as well as a scrapbook for all the things I learn about the boat’s history. A recap of the work suggests we have come quite some way; to read from the very beginning click here.