Elswick pensioner's £1 yacht which he refurbished in memory of his baby daughter is finally launched - alongside his late wife's boat

Waterways enthusiast Colin Ogden watched with pride as the yacht he salvaged and fixed in tribute to his baby was finally hoisted into the water after its planned launch was delayed last week.

Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 4:10 pm

The 1974 26ft Westerly yacht, Rebekah Louise, was destined for the scrap heap after its previous owner, in his 80s, could not maintain it.

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The boater, from Elswick, was encouraged by a friend to look at the vessel and despite its terrible leaking state, he was immediately drawn to it when he spotted its name.
Louise was the middle name of Colin's baby daughter Alice, who died as an infant.
The vessel was lifted into the water at Glasson marina, at the end of the Glasson branch of the Lancaster canal, where it is linked to the sea.
Its original launch was delayed last week due to a mechanical fault with the hoisting equipment.
She will be moored alongside Whimbrel, a small former water taxi Colin bought for his late wife and restored in her memory last year.
​Colin described it as "a lasting tribute" which "brought back memories."
Colin bought the yacht for a pound in August, and since then - between lockdowns - has spent hundreds of hours and around £2,000 repairing and revamping it.
Colin used a staggering 500 sanding discs to help strip back the paint!