Lydia Eva
United Kingdom
NameLydia Eva
  • Harry Eastick of Gorleston-on-Sea.
  • Mr. Geoffrey Banes of Caenarvonshire Yacht Company.
  • Maritime Trust.
  • Lydia Eva Charitable Trust Ltd.
OperatorLydia Eva and Mincarlo Charitable Trust Ltd.
Port of registryGreat Yarmouth
BuilderKings Lynn Slipway Co. Ltd.
Laid down1930
In serviceRegular experience / passenger days
IdentificationPort Number YH89
StatusMuseum ship
General characteristics
Class and typeSidewinder trawler
Tonnage138 grt 64 net
Length95 ft (29 m)
Beam20.6 ft (6.3 m)
Depth9.8 ft (3.0 m)
Installed power
  • Engine: 1930, Crabtree & Co. (R.H. Hutchinson), Triple Expansion, 10" + 17" + 28" x 20".
  • Boiler: 1961, Stockton Chemical Engineers & Riley Boilers Ltd., RT Scotch.

Lydia Eva is the last surviving steam drifter of the herring fishing fleet based in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.[1] The Great Yarmouth herring fleet had made the town the major herring port in the world in the early part of the 20th century. She is listed as part of the National Historic Fleet. She famously appeared in the film Wonka.[2]


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey (2005). OS Explorer Map OL40 - The Broads. ISBN 0-319-23769-9.
  2. ^ "Great Yarmouth boat Lydia Eva features in new Wonka film". Retrieved 31 December 2023.
Lydia Eva at Great Yarmouth
The steam engine

52°36′20″N 1°43′29″E / 52.605481°N 1.724650°E / 52.605481; 1.724650