Lyme Regis launches The Year of Maritime Lyme 2011
A Dorset seaside town is beginning a year-long celebration of its maritime life, culture and heritage.
Maritime Lyme 2011 is launching on the waterfront of Lyme Regis with a programme of family events.
Mary Godwin said the idea was to "bring together disparate organisations in Lyme Regis on a common theme of relevance to us all - the sea."
Activities began at the RNLI Lifeboat Station which celebrates its 150th anniversary this year.
Ms Godwin, curator at the town's Philpot Museum, added: "All the people and organisations in the town with a connection to the sea have got involved and the project has snowballed from there."
The "Littlesea" vessel - constructed by boatbuilder Gail McGarva to resemble a 17th Century Dorset fishing boat called a lerret - will be at several special events throughout 2011.