Indefatigable Figurehead refurbishment : Final Phase Photo Diary

Indefatigable OBA Members celebrate the restoration of a significant object in Liverpool’s maritime history.

IOBA Members attended the Merseyside Maritime Museum for the special unveiling of the newly restored Indefatigable figurehead on Wednesday 2nd November 2016, 2:30-4:30pm.

The figurehead has been restored by world renowned figurehead conservator Richard Hunter, thanks to a donation of £2,500 to fund the project from the Indefatigable Old Boys Association (IOBA). Janet Dugdale Director Maritime Museum and Museum of Liverpool said: ‘We are delighted to be able to unveil King Billy and thank the IOBA for their kind generosity’.

Names of those present;
Sir Michael Bibby Bt (M.D. Bibby Line Group): IOBA President.
Andrew Butler (77/78): IOBA Chairman.
Martyn Hunt (82/85): IOBA Vice Chairman & Karen Hunt.
Tom Keyes (63/64) IOBA Treasurer & Membership Secretary.
Malcolm Williams (75/76): IOBA Merchandise & Angie Williams.
John Aspinall (59/60): IOBA Standard Bearer & Val Aspinall.
Marc Hardman (1961): IOBA Standard Bearer.
Ian Parr (74/75) & Deborah Parr: IOBA Members.
Brian & Norma Croxton: IOBA Members.
Steve Humphries (75/76): IOBA General Secretary & Archives.
John Wilson: CEO Liverpool Seafarers Centre.
Richard Hunter: Figurehead Historian & Restorer of King Billy.
Ian Murphy: Deputy Director Maritime Museum and Museum of Liverpool.
Ben Whittaker: Curator of Maritime History Maritime Museum and Museum of Liverpool.

See the project yourself at;

Merseyside Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, Liverpool. L3 4AQ / Tel: 0151 478 4401
http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/maritime/index.aspx

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Indefatigable Figurehead refurbishment : Phase One Photo Diary

Indefatigable Figurehead refurbishment 2014: The condition of King Billy has been one of great concern for many years. Therefore unless we the IOBA intervened it would deteriorate further.  As for ownership of ‘King Billy’, the Merseyside Maritime Museum – Liverpool (MMM) have full rights over ownership as the IOBA gifted King Billy to them in 1998.

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S King Billy until work started September 2016.

Agreed at the 2014 AGM, the IOBA commissioned Richard Hunter, Figurehead Historianto carry out a full report on the condition of King Billy. A full inspection was carried out by Richard on 11th November 2014, with the IOBA in attendance. We received the full written report on 20th November, which concluded urgent restoration was needed to reverse the decline.  So members of the IOBA set the ball rolling for any forthcoming sponsors, including the MMM.  The cost of the report was £160 as agreed at the 2014 AGM.

The report concluded that full restoration would cost £2,500 made up of two payments of 50%. Full details are within the report and is available on request from Steve Humphries (available to fully paid members of the IOBA).

On the 13th May 2015 the ‘Curator of Maritime History and Technology (MMM) reported that the MMM was unable to allocate any funds from the current or next years financial year towards the ’King Billy Figurehead restoration project. The Museum stated that the figurehead was in a stable condition, but obviously in need of work, therefore the decision of the IOBA was whether to wait to see if the museum could allocate funds from future budgets, or whether the IOBA felt the work needed to be undertaken, meaning the full cost being met by IOBA.’

The Museum spent some time looking at grants but alas none fitted this type of object or which the MMM is eligible to apply for.

Indefatigable Figurehead refurbishment 2015: Richard Hunter planned to work on King Billy towards late summer 2015, then the Museum had been instructed that our monies had to go direct via them rather straight to Richard Hunter, and so the money £2.5k was given to the MMM.  All funds we donated to the MMM remained ring-fenced for this project, and the ‘Curator‘ continued to liaise with Richard.

Indefatigable Figurehead refurbishment 2016: Work on the figurehead first phase started on 5th September, and a Photo Diary will be updated here with;

Refurbisment Phase One

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We would like to personally thank all those members of the IOBA for the incredible generosity for raising £2.500 needed for the project, and £1,000 from an IOBA member who wishes to remain anonymous.  Our thanks also goes to Richard Hunter, Figurehead Historian and Ben Whittaker – Curator of Maritime History and Technology. 

See the project yourself at;

Merseyside Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, Liverpool. L3 4AQ  / Tel: 0151 478 4401

http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/maritime/index.aspx

Indefatigable Old Boys Association (IOBA): General Secretary & Archives.

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IOBA attends Merchant Navy Day 2016 – Liverpool

IOBA attends Merchant Navy Day 2016 – Liverpool

IOBA at MN Day Sept 4th 2016 (2)IOBA members present; Mrs P A Brown MBE MStJ JP DL MNM : Hon IOBA Member, Revd Canon. (Bob) Evans : Hon IOBA Member, Martyn Hunt 82/85 IOBA Vice Chairman, Tom Keyes 63/64: IOBA Treasurer & Membership, Pat Moran: Hon IOBA Member, John Farrell 49/50, Russell Jones 55/56, John & Val Aspinall 59/60 & Steve Humphries 75/76: IOBA General Secretary & Archives.

Merchant Navy Service and parade from Church of Our Lady and Saint Nicholas to the Pier Head memorial, Liverpool.

The annual National Merchant Navy Day celebrations took place in Liverpool on Sunday 4th September.

A service took place at Liverpool Parish Church in Chapel Street and was followed by a short march to the Pier Head memorials, where wreaths were laid.

Among the civic dignitaries attending was the Lord Mayor of Liverpool , Cllr Roz Gladden.

Merchant Navy Day is the annual celebration of the British Merchant Navy, with the memorial service held for the 36,000 seafarers who died at sea in the Second World War.

The service was attended by diplomatic representatives of Britain’s allies during the war, who paid homage to their own considerable losses of merchant seafarers serving in British ships.

Wreaths were laid by, among others, the Indefatigable Old Boys Association (IOBA), Merchant Navy veterans, High Commissioners and naval attaches from many countries linked with the Port of Liverpool, including the Canadian Navy.

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Tim Brunsden ©All rights reserved

Tim Brunsden ©All rights reserved

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MERCHANT NAVY DAY – LIVERPOOL: Sunday September 4th 2016.

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Once again the IOBA Standard will be paraded.

The Merchant Navy Day Committee is pleased to invite you to this year’s ceremony in the Liverpool Parish Church of Our Lady and Saint Nicholas, Chapel Street, Liverpool.

Merchant Navy Day is the annual celebration of the British Merchant Navy and a memorial service for the 36,000 seafarers who died at sea in World War 2. The service is attended by diplomatic representatives of Britain’s allies during World War 2 who pay homage to their own considerable losses of merchant seafarers serving in British Ships.

The service will begin at noon in the church and be followed by the laying of wreaths on the Pier Head memorials at 1pm. All should be completed by l-45pm.

The IOBA wreath will be laid along with many others, Merchant Navy veterans, High Commissioners and Naval Attaches from many countries linked with the Port of Liverpool, including Navy in Canada, plus the Lord Mayor of Liverpool and Mayors of the Merseyside Boroughs.

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Video: http://www.liverpoolshipsandsailors.com/2015/09/06/merchant-navy-day-2015/

Stills: http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/lord-mayor-leads-liverpools-national-10000572

 


Steve Humphries 75/76. Indefatigable Old Boys Association (IOBA): Secretary & Archives

34th Annual IOBA Reunion Day Saturday 10th June 2017 – at JSMTC Indefatigable.
34th Annual IOBA Reunion Dinner Saturday 10th June 2017  – at the Carreg Bran Hotel.