A MEMORIAL tribute will be paid to a historic ship’s champion who died earlier this year.
The service will be held on board HMS Trincomalee in Hartlepool to remember Captain David Smith.
Mr Smith was the President of the HMS Trincomalee Trust and died in Malta after a short illness aged 86, in March this year.
The service to celebrate his life will be held on Sunday, July 14 from 1.30pm.
Mr Smith played a key role in the restoration of the ship and helped raise millions for the restoration of the landmark.
The trust raised more than £10.5m for the work, it took 11 years, at least 750,000 man-hours of skilled work were needed and saw over £8m pumped into the local economy in wages and purchases.
The ship’s name was restored to her original of HMS Trincomalee in 1992.
In 2010, the ship became the first affiliate of the National Museum of the Royal Navy.
Mr Smith retired as chairman in 2000, after 24 years in the post, when the restoration was largely complete, and handed over to Colonel Michael Stewart who had been his vice-chairman.
He had a long and distinguished career in the Royal Navy, starting as a cadet in the Training Ship HMS Conway, and serving as navigating officer on HMY Britannia and Commander on HMS Eagle.
For more information on the memorial service, contact the Trust on (01429) 223193.