6.10.21 It was confirmed that the AMHT application to the Councillor Grants Fund has been successful.

The trustees are very grateful to Councillor Bushby for the £500, which will be put towards the installation of electricity, tools and equipment as soon as the Temporary Building is erected.

The turn-over cradle has been drawn by Mike Greener, one of the engineer volunteers from SS Freshspring https://ssfreshspring.co.uk/

This is based on the turn-over rig that was used in the restoration of The William Riley, which was found on the banks of the Taw in 2005. She was taken back up to Whitby, where she was restored, and completed in 2008. http://www.officialwilliamriley.org.uk/history/recovery/

Fabrication of the cradle is being negotiated at present.

In June RK travelled to Whitby and met with Pete Thomson and Tim Hicking, both of whom had been to Barnstaple to fetch WR in 2005, and have been involved with the project all the way through. It was an extremely informative visit, and very inspirational to see and hear what they had achieved.

15.09.21 The Temporary building has been ordered from Easy Buildings Group www.easybuildings.co.uk

After measuring the available space, a custom size, 14m x 8m x 6m (hi), has been ordered in white to allow more light in.

15.09.21 We are again very pleased to receive the support of Bideford Bridge Trust. The grant of £12,500 was immediately used to make the down payment for the Temporary Building to house JHM on the site in the Clovelly Road Industrial Estate (owned by Rob Braddick).

The grant will also be used to fabricate the turn-over cradle, which will not only support the hull, but also allow it to be turned to enable work to be carried out on the bottom.

Previous News (please see below) giving the story of Jane Hannah MacDonald III since arriving back in Bideford on June 3rd 2020, 110 years after she first arrived in 1910 https://sites.google.com/view/amht/heritage-assets/history

03.06.20 JHM III arrived on Bideford Quay, having been transported by Andersons Boat Transport https://www.andersonsboattransport.com/ from Simon Evans' Boatyard http://www.evans-marine.fr/ in Migennes, France.

4.06.20 Headlines in the Western Morning News.

Credit The Western Morning News and Philip Bowern.

08.06.20 John's 1927 Austin 7 and JHM built in 1909.

10.06.20 JHM under wraps, protected from the rain.

25.06.20 Insurance arranged with Knighthood Corporate Assurance Services Limited.

16.07.20 National Historic Ships registration


The Trustees of AMHT wish to make the following statement. "We were unaware of the sale of Richmond Dock until this was made known to the public via Facebook. We have been aware that negotiations have been continuing for some time and have been communicating with Wheatcroft Group regarding this. We will endeavour to maintain contact with Wheatcroft Group and look forward to further discussions at some point, so we can better understand their longer term plans for Richmond Dock. We aim to support community involvement in the site to promote the best interests of the people of Appledore and the surrounding area".

30.08.20 Inspecting JHM prior to the survey by Adrian Stone https://www.adrianstoneyachtsurveys.co.uk/about next week.

Frank Branch's great grandfather was the first coxswain of JHM III.

Frank Branch and Fred Berry under the tarpaulin.

2.09.20 Adrian Stone https://www.adrianstoneyachtsurveys.co.uk/ ready to start the survey.

12.09.20 Photos showing the detailed, and very thorough, survey carried out over two days last week. The survey report will not be available until Christmas.


AMHT AGM on Wed Sept 16th.

Trustees re-elected. Constitution to be finalised. Accounts approved.

Jo Manley, NTC and TDC councillor, experienced in fund raising and grant applications, now working for the Environment Agency, elected to be a trustee.

Any further action with regards JHM is on hold waiting the survey report.

3.10.20 BBC Radio Devon interview Kevin Wheatcroft 2.10.20 https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p08rf207 (1.11.10 into the interview).

15.10.20 We are very pleased to announce the Support of Bideford Bridge Trust, which grant aids local Charities which support and provide services to the people of Bideford and surrounding area. The grant of £4,250 is a recognition that JHM III will provide a valuable resource, promoting learning and wellbeing amongst our community.

9.11.20 The importance of checking. Covers torn off by the wind.

10.11.20 All wrapped up again.

6.01.21 We are very pleased to announce the support of Northam Town Council with the grant of £750, which will be very useful as the Trust progresses in 2021. The survey report is critical in determining how the restoration proceeds. It is heartening, and reassuring, to have the support of our local Town Council, for which we are very grateful.

26.01.21 Adrian Stone and John (Puddy) are finalising the survey report.

20.03.21 The Summary of the Survey Report is shown below.

21.03.21 JHM mentioned in the ADLS (Association of Dunkirk Little Ships) Winter News Magazine

6.04.21 The design of a purpose-built cradle is being drawn up. This will allow the hull to be fully supported, to enable it to be turned and also locked in place, which in turn will facilitate repair and restoration work. The cradle is based on the design taken from the National Historic Ships book Conserving Historic Vessels (please see below).