As efforts to find survivors continued, work was underway to remove the boat from the scene of the tragedy. She was salvaged and taken to the R.N.L.I. depot at Boreham Wood, Herts., for examination by accident investigators. Most of the people of Seaham thought that was the end of the boat and she slipped into quiet obscurity.Later HistoryLittle was known about the George Elmy after that fateful day and the people of Seaham were unaware that she underwent extensive repairs and returned to service with the R.N.L.I., first as a reserve lifeboat before moving on to Poole in Dorset where she served untill her retirement from the fleet.George Elmy:- Re-discoveredShe re-emerged in April 2009, when she was spotted for sale on an internet auction site by a local Seaham man. She had been converted into a fishing vessel and was laid up in Hollyhead.The East Durham Heritage Group were told about the discovery and once her identity was properly established approached the winner of the auction and successfully negotiated the purchase of the boat. Their aim, to restore the once proud George Elmy, to her former glory.The Home ComingWhen the George Elmy first came up for sale in April 2009, the East Durham Heritage Group thought it was a terrific opportunity to retrieve a huge slice of History of Seaham and preserve it for future generations. An initial from fisherman, Mr. T.W. Smith, financed the purchase and transportation costs to bring her home to Seaham. With the help of local people, businesses and fund raising efforts, the loan was repaid and cleaning and preparation work for the rebuilding has begun, including removal of the aft cabin which was added when she was converted into a fishing vessel, anything else that was not part of the original design speciification has also been removed.The FutureSeaham as a town and the sea front and harbour area in particular, has seen vast changes in recent years. Huge investment has been made transforming the sea front and work is already underway to turn the north dock into a marina, with shops cafe's and a heritage centre. The George Elmy will be central to this development in the soon to be refurbished, original lifeboat station and it is hoped that she will become a major attraction for local people, tourists, education groups and other interested organisations.The aim of the East Durham Heritage Group, is that the restoration and re housing of the boat can be completed before the 17th. November 2012 which will be the 50th. anniversary of the Seaham Lifeboat Disaster. If you feel you are able to lend your support to these efforts, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org , your contribution in either practical or financial terms, would be gratefully received.