April Newsletter ISSUE 25

A most important decision has been taken, one which with the benefit of hindsight, should have been taken a very long time ago. A marine surveyor has been appointed to carry out a detailed survey of the Cervia. The outcome of this could determine the ultimate fate of the vessel. Its worth remembering that the...
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March Newsletter ISSUE 24

We are hopeful of opening the Cervia throughout the Easter weekend, but this wont happen unless we get some volunteers on board to show the public around. So if your reading this and can help out, please contact the site with your contact details. An interesting website has just gone live, please log onto www.claxtonhistory.co.uk...
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January newsletter ISSUE 23

First of all on behalf of all of the volunteers, I should like to wish you all a very happy, prosperous and safe new year. there are many activities planned for 2016, keep watching what's happening on the website. During the dark winter months, because there is a reduction in our maintenance schedule,  there's not...
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December newsletter ISSUE 22

Happy Christmas to all of our supporters, the Cervia is now on display for the first time, covered in Christmas lights and floodlit as well. A big thank you to the Royal Temple Yacht club and Ramsgate Town Team for making this happen. Visit the Royal Ramsgate Harbour over the holidays and enjoy the spectacle...
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November newsletter ISSUE 21

The good news this month is that thanks to the Ramsgate town team, in conjunction with the Royal Temple yacht club, the Cervia will for the first time be joining in with all the other vessels in Ramsgate Harbour, and will be fully decorated with Christmas lights for the coming festive season. So be sure...
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October newsletter ISSUE 20

After the excitement of the last two months, it was fitting that Janet Watkins, the last of the Watkins family associated with tugs,   ( as a child she launched the Dhulia with her father J R Watkins ) travelled to Ramsgate to inspect  the Cervia. Of course the Watkins flag was flying from the foremast at the time,...
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september newsletter ISSUE 19

On the first of September 2015,for the first time in over 50 years, the Watkins flag was raised on the Cervia's new formast. Watkins were the original owners of the Cervia,( see Cervia past on the main menu for more information ). After the reverend Stuart Piper had blessed the new masts, the Mayor of...
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Cervia Mast

Cervia's new masts After a year of fund raising and working hard on preparing two trees, the Cervia’s new masts were finally lifted into place on Tuesday 4th August 2015. The photos show the various stages, starting with the placing of coins as is the custom, at the base of the masts. All the wires...
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august newsletter ISSUE 18

THERE UP The Cervia now looks like a "proper" tug. On Tuesday the 4th august 2015, a huge crane parked up on the starboard side of the Cervia, and began the task of lifting into position, two brand new masts. After a year of fund raising by the volunteers, and a year of working on...
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july newsletter ISSUE 17

The mast fittings are almost complete, despite several setbacks with the fittings not being the right size and things not lining up properly. However, we are virtually finished and ready to move onto the next stage, this includes final painting of the masts, fitting the wire ropes or shrouds to the top of the masts,...
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