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Historic boat sets sail once again

The Lydia Eva before she set sail yesterday Photo: ITV News Anglia

The world’s last remaining herring drifter sailed under her own steam once again yesterday from Lowestoft to Great Yarmouth, at an average speed of 8 knots.

The Lydia Eva was built in 1930 for Gorleston fisherman Harry Eastick and named after his daughter.

During that era the herring fishing industry boomed and more than 1,000 fishing boats thronged the ports of Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft.

Her fish hold on one day in 1937 held a season's record catch of 220,000 herring. The Royal Air Force also used her for various roles.

After a £1.2 million restoration by the Lydia Eva and Mincarlo Trust she has been turned into a floating museum and is open to visitors in Great Yarmouth from May.