Our Trustees are proud and honoured to report that last Tuesday, 1 November, HRH The Princess Royal visited us to re-commission Boleh for charitable service. During her visit HRH heard Boleh’s remarkable story from adults and young people who had contributed to, or benefitted from, this unique vessel. Picture shows HRH in Haslar Marina’s new Creek Restaurant meeting Service children from Wimborne Primary who had sailed in Boleh.
The highlight of the visit was a traditional ceremony on Boleh’s foredeck, witnessed by children from Mayfield School, dedicating the restored Boleh to her new life. This involved The Princess Royal pouring a libation of Westcountry cider over the bows and invoking even more inspirational ‘can-do’ charitable work from Boleh in the future. Finally, HRH unveiled a commemorative Plaque before the ceremony ended with the restored ship’s Bell, cast in San Francisco over 70 years ago, sounding.