The plight of the popular Harwich Harbour Ferry has stuck a cord across the local community. At the end of September, the 40ft former lifeboat turned foot ferry was pulled into the river after she was ripped from her mooring at Ha’penny Pier, Harwich.
Found adrift and half-submerged, the much-loved ferry was towed to SYH and lifted out. The SYH team is now supporting the owners with preparing the boat for repairs.
The ferry suffered significant damage to her port-side and five of the six engine cylinders were flooded. Owners Christian and Lucy Zemann saved the ferry business from closure when they took it over in 2015.
Insurance will cover some of the repair work, but there is a shortfall needed to help save this historic vessel that provides such a valuable service. The local community has rallied and has been donating to a fundraising page to help pay for the project.
Lucy Zemann said, “We are desperate to resume our ferry operation next season, save our livelihood and continue to serve the communities of Harwich, Shotley and Felixstowe, but we need support.”
Lucy continued, “We have been overwhelmed by the goodwill messages and by the number of people asking how they can donate to support us.
“It is very clear from the wonderful comments on the GoFundMe page and social media that the Harwich Harbour Ferry provides an essential and much-loved service connecting these communities.”
To donate to help save the ferry, click here: https://bit.ly/3nnyah5
Photos: Harwich Harbour Ferry