A LAKE District boat builder is undertaking essential restoration work on the oldest working passenger boat in the world.

Patterson Boatworks have launched into fixing the M.Y. Lady of the Lake, a boat which operates for Ullswater Steamers.

The organisation felt that it was a great way to mark Remembrance Day by starting the repairs on Monday, November 11.

During the Second World War, Ullswater was used to test mini-subs and other naval craft and Lady of the Lake often ferried soldiers to Glenridding for their training at The Ullswater Hotel.

She was also mentioned by name in Lord Haw Haw’s famous radio propaganda speeches during the 1940’s.

M.Y. Lady of the Lake was built in 1877 as a steam vessel, but converted to diesel power in 1936. She was designed by Douglas Hebson of Penrith and built from wrought iron by T.B. Seath & Co on the upper Clyde.

Lady of the Lake was transported in three sections by rail to Penrith, and then by horse drawn drays to Waterside near Pooley Bridge where she was completed and then launched on June 26, 1877.

This major restoration project is expected to be completed in time for Easter 2020.

Mark Horton, General Manager at Ullswater ‘Steamers’ said: “We are so excited that this work is being completed by experienced Lake District boat builders, Patterson Boatworks. Boat builders carrying traditional skills are becoming a rarity. M.Y. Lady of the Lake requires specialist restoration and we are delighted to be working in partnership with Lake District shipwright, Hamish Patterson.

"This is a great example of how two local businesses have come together to preserve a piece of our national cultural heritage. “