One of Windermere Lake Cruises’ most iconic vessels is being given a facelift,
MV Tern will be given a brand-new navigation bridge in time for the summer’s 130th anniversary of the boat’s launch onto the lake.
It has become the attraction’s oldest surviving boat since its launch in 1891 and still sails today as the flagship of the Windermere fleet.
Tern’s current bridge has been in-place for the last 30 years, having been installed in 1991 when the vessel was substantially re-arranged to celebrate her centenary year.
Work is now underway on the 120-tonne craft at the attraction’s Lakeside Pier.
Windermere Lake Cruises Operations Director, John Woodburn, has revealed what the new bridge will bring to the boat.
He explained: “The new bridge will be slightly wider to allow more space for Wi-Fi, amplifiers and modern electrical systems.
“It’s not the first redesign of the bridge, with Tern being fitted with a wind buffer for the skipper when converted to diesel over the winter of 1957/58, as well as a full wheelhouse in the early 1960s.
“We’re really pleased that 130 years since her launch, MV Tern still graces the surface of England’s longest lake, providing Cumbria with its most successful heritage attraction.”