Coronia sails away, plus top awards
Coronia sold by MP to businessman who will run cruises on the picturesque river
The MV Coronia has sailed off to a new home at Hartlepool before running trips on the River Tees.
The MV Coronia has said its goodbyes to Scarborough as it sailed off to its new home up the coast.
The former Dunkirk ‘little ship’ has gone to Hartlepool where it will undergo repairs before it will become a pleasure boat, running trips between Stockton and Yarm on the River Tees.
She was bought by Scarborough and Whitby Conservative MP Robert Goodwill in 2011 after her future in Scarborough came under threat over unpaid repair bills.
He said he was pleased that the boat was going somewhere where it would be in use.
He told The Scarborough News: “I was worried she was going to become a house boat and I got some tentative enquires about it maybe becoming a bar but that never came to fruition then I got the offer from Graham Beesley to take it to Teesside and I was happy she was going to a good home.
“The business was no longer viable in Scarborough for her to continue here, she’s going to require a bit of work before she’s able to go into service on the Tees.
“Hopefully, if she’s working well she will be able to make the trip over to Dunkirk for the next reunion in 2020.
“I’m pleased I was able to save her from the scrap heap and that she was enjoyed for so long in Scarborough.”
MV Coronia, which helped to evacuate 900 stranded Allied troops from the Dunkirk beaches as part of the armada of “little ships”, was facing being scrapped before Mr Goodwill stepped in.
In 2007 the Coronia, and her sister ship Regal Lady, hit the headlines when it was revealed that they were prevented from sailing to either Whitby or Bridlington under British safety regulations which restricted them to a maximum outward journey of 15 nautical miles from their home port.
A petition was started to try and get a change in the law with 14,000 signatures being collected.
The boat had not been in full-time service since its beaching at the mouth of the harbour in 2013.
The Coronia was owned by Robert Goodwill