Shipwright who laid world's 'biggest teak deck' wants to help in restoration

Shipwright Bill Puddle, managing director of Gosport’s Maritime Workshop, has offered to give advice and assistance to the restoration of Gipsy Moth IV – a project being carried out by Yachting Monthly and the United Kingdom Sailing Academy.

Bill recently finished laying the 1.07 million (pounds sterling) 28,000 feet Burmese teak deck in 8.5 ins wide 2 ins thick planks over the 378 ft long 50 ft wide Victorian Iron-clad battleship HMS Warrior.

Bill, a former shipwright with Camper & Nicholsons, made the deck which was laid on Gipsy Moth IV nine years ago. He has also worked on the Cutty Sark, Victory and Alec Rose’s Lively Lady. Camper & Nicholsons are currently engaged in surveys for GMIV’s restoration.