Above: Owners Christian and Lucy Zemann onboard the Harwich Harbour Ferry, which was relaunched at SYH

Having sustained significant damage in a storm last year, the popular Harwich Harbour foot ferry has spent the winter at SYH undergoing repairs.  As of 29th March, the ferry is back in the water after a fantastic effort from owners Christian and Lucy Zemann and support from the local community. 

During the incident last autumn, the 40ft former SS Canberra lifeboat suffered significant damage to her port-side and five of the six engine cylinders were flooded. 

Above: Immediately after sustaining damage, the ferry was towed to SYH and lifted out of the water

The ferry has now been completely refurbished, including adding heating for passengers during the colder months. The SYH team completed all fibreglass structural and hull repairs and supported the owners with the final painting and finishing.

Lucy Zemann commented, “We are absolutely delighted to be back on the water and can’t wait to welcome residents and tourists back aboard.  It has been a long, labour-intensive mission but now the ferry is better than ever and looking very smart.”

Above: Undergoing repairs at SYH

Lucy continued, “We send our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has sent words of encouragement and to every single person who donated.  We also want to thank the incredible craftsmen, experts and volunteers, including the brilliant team at Suffolk Yacht Harbour, who worked tirelessly with us to bring the ferry back to life.”

Every year, the ferry transports 30,000 people between Harwich, Shotley and Felixstowe. 

Bookings can be made via: www.harwichharbourferry.com

All images: Harwich Harbour Ferry