The videos below follow the progress of Fred Crowell as he restored the George Elmy hull from what could be considered an ugly duckling through to its launch onto the River Tyne as an elegant swan.

Fred explains the tasks and skills of restoration that he has learned through a life of traditional boatbuilding.

The videos were made by Nick Foister of Digiwiz in conjunction with East Coast Fibreglass, we thank them for their dedication'