Coro­nia sails away, plus top awards

Coro­nia sold by MP to busi­ness­man who will run cruises on the pic­turesque river

The Scarborough News - - FRONT PAGE - by carl gav­aghan carl.gav­ Twit­ter: @carl­gav­aghan

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

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