19 August 2011
Last updated at 11:00
A nine-metre (30ft) boat to celebrate the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad is being made from donated timber.
Over 1,200 donations, each with a unique story, have been collected for the project. Toddler Fynn Hall gave up his wooden truck which had helped him take his first steps.
All donations will be used to build the sailing yacht. Weaver Ann Sutton brought two wooden weaving shuttles.
Diver Arthur Mack donated pieces from the wreck of the first HMS Invincible which lies underwater three miles out from Southsea Castle, including part of a gunpowder barrel.
Boat builder Simon Brooks gave a piece of mahogany from a Thames river launch. He said: "This is just an odd piece that I kept from years ago. Reluctant to just throw it away, I’ve found a place for it now."
The craft is being built by Mark Covell, a Portsmouth boat builder and Sydney 2000 silver medallist, with Lymington yacht designer Simon Rogers. Planks of teak from Earl’s Court were given by Maureen Barrett. She said: "It was the old escalators they pulled out, in the early 80s."
Prue Furby donated a wooden box. She said: "My dad used to work with timber and he found this and thought it looked like a swallow. He died in 1984 and I’ve just had it in my loft. I thought it would make a good home for it."
The aim is to sail the boat from Emsworth, Hampshire, to the Olympic Park in London. Annabel Murphy donated her hamster's tunnel. She said: "My hamster died, she was called Jessica and she liked playing in it."
A professional skipper will lead the voyage in May 2012 - the crew will include some people picked from a public nomination. Jason Eades gave a witch's broom. He said: "It's been with my family for 25 years."