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Thekla Undergoes Successful £1m Refurbishment

Thekla has recently undergone a successful £1m restoration that will secure her future for at least another 30 years.

From June to September 2019, Thekla was moved to the listed Albion Drydock for extensive repair works. Although Thekla undergoes regular, routine inspection and repair a detailed survey showed that the existing hull is near the end of its life. The result of the project is a brand new steel offset hull welded into place around the whole of the existing hull.

Thekla returned to its usual position in the harbour in early September 2019 when it reopened to the public.

 

 

At over 50 metres in length, Thekla is one of the longest ships in Bristol’s Floating Harbour. Given its size, the majority of the £1m investment will go on the new hull though other improvements and repairs will also take place.

The grade II listed Albion dry dock, located next to the resting place of Brunel’s famous ship the SS Great Britain, was reopened in 2018, allowing maintenance and repair work on large ships to be carried out in the city once again.

Martin Childs of the Albion Dock Company said: We are very pleased to be undertaking works on the Thekla and so secure her long term future in Bristol. Equally, her visit to the Albion Dockyard helps our venture bringing this historic facility back to full time use as a working dry dock.”

“There’s a lot of love for Thekla in Bristol, around the country and worldwide. Both music fans and bands like Florence and the Machine, White Denim, Mumford & Sons, Ellie Goulding and many others who have played there over the years have taken part in some great nights. We’re committed to preserving that heritage and that’s why we’re getting the new hull fitted – we need to make sure that Thekla continues to be a great night out for the next fifty years,” says George Akins of DHP Family, Thekla’s owner

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