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Lottery money to fund historic boat restoration

A charity in Hampshire, England received 501,000 pounds — more than $800,000 — in lottery funding to help complete the restoration of an historic junk yacht.

Boleh, a 40-foot sailing vessel, was built in Singapore after World War II before sailing to Devon, England, in 1950.
Portsmouth-based the Boleh Trust will use the Heritage Lottery Fund grant to employ apprentices from the city's Highbury College. Once completely restored, Boleh will become a sail training vessel.

Ship science students from the University of Southampton will also be helping with the restoration.

"What's really wonderful about this funding is that it will help us to share Boleh's remarkable story and heritage with the local community," George Middleton, chairman of the Boleh Trust, told the BBC.

Commander Robin Kilroy built the original vessel from traditional materials to a mixed junk/Bermudan rig design. Its features include portholes made from the windscreens of Japanese fighter aircraft.

Click here for the full BBC report and click here for a report by the local newspaper.