The Speculator visited The Kestrel at her berth in the Wynyard Quarter over the weekend, and it must be said, it was good to see her somewhere a little more protected and (hopefully) a little more permanent.
However, while she is still in reasonably good nick, there is clearly a lot of work needed to get her shipshape. While the upstairs area is still well kept, most of the lower deck areas were in need of more than a touch of TLC.
Nevertheless, a brief chat with new chairman of the Kestrel Preservation Society Mike Alston suggested a man with plenty of energy and passion for the road ahead, and there were a number of visitors to the ship while The Speculator was there – a sign there is some level of interest.
As if to rub salt in the wounds, the Kestrel was berthed next to some gargantuan luxury private yacht, the owner of which clearly had more than a bit of spare cash to splash around.
Indeed, while our visit was under way, the crew of the gigantic Mammonic offering had hired a large mobile crane to load what appeared to be two cans of paint onto the ship, much to the mirth of a few bystanders and onlookers.
The Kestrel Preservation Society might do well to invite the owner over for a cup of tea and a tour of the collection box.