Hamble Yacht Services Refit & Repair built the Ark for the 800th Lord Mayor’s Show.
Hamble Yacht Services Refit & Repair (HYSRR) built the impressive Ark for the 800th Lord
Mayor’s Show, which took place in London in November 2015. The
Ark is now being donated to Oakfield Primary School in Totton,
Hampshire and was delivered on Friday 11th December 2015.
Elizabeth Smith, Headteacher at Oakfield Primary School, taking
delivery of the Ark said:
“The school plans to use the Ark for literacy, to make stories come to life, and link it to the curriculum in maths and RE. It will also be used for golden (reward) time, and the school is already planning a pirate themed day.”.
The project came about as the new Lord Mayor of London, Lord
Mountevans, is a Shipwright and the Worshipful Company of
Shipwrights, a City of London Livery Company whose Arms
feature an Ark, commissioned HYSRR to build the Ark for its
float in the Lord Mayor’s Show.
The Ark was designed by Guy Whitehouse Designs, with a structural overview from Richard Oliver of Applied
Structural Analysis (a tenant of Hamble Yacht Services). Marineware supplied coatings and all other funding for the
Ark was provided by donations from fellow shipwrights.
The prime purpose of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights is
charitable work, supporting charities such as the Sea Cadets,
Jubilee Sailing Trust and Youth Challenge as well as maritime
schools. It also provides grants for yacht and shipbuilding
apprenticeship schemes. The livery men of the Worshipful
Company of Shipwrights are drawn from the UK ship and yacht
builders, lawyers and brokers, all of whom have some connection
to the construction and operation of small or large vessels.