Commissions Welcome

What Can We Do For You?

We have volunteers skilled in most aspects of working in wood and metal.  We can therefore undertake a range of repair and restoration work and occasional ‘one-off’ unusual projects (see ‘Other’, below).  We can also offer minor boat repairs in-situ where access is readily available.

We do these projects to raise funds for our main work, the preservation of knowledge and artefacts related to Sunderland’s maritime history, and the conservation and restoration of boats and small ships using related skills. Examples are shown below.


Current Projects

Paramatta Willdora Venerable

Former Projects

Pilot Cutter “Wearmouth”
Wearmouth is a wooden Pilot Cutter restored for the Port of Sunderland. She was built on the Tyne at Robsons and was in use until we restored her. We were asked to replace the rotted starboard side of the cabin.
The picture of the workshop shows a wooden frame which is the cabin frame under construction.

Non-Maritime Projects

We have recently restored an old Scribes desk which was in poor condition – badly painted, water stained and with signs of woodworm.  It was restored and adapted to house a keyboard and laptop along with electrics holes and a music sheet holder.
Alan, our carver and turner, was asked to improve a rather rough old lectern that was occupying space in the workshop.  This is what he produced. 
Now stored in our museum, and available for use.


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