Thames Sailing Barge

Blue Mermaid

 

The first full size Thames Sailing Barge to be built since 1930, she is a replica of a barge of the same name, sunk by a mine during World War II with the loss of her crew. As a traditional Thames Sailing Barge, she will not have an engine and will be able to transport the equivalent of up to six articulated lorry loads in a low carbon environment. The 87ft. steel barge has been built by Sea-Change Sailing Trust and will be used for their work with young people as well as carrying cargo.

Built at the boatyard of C Toms and Son in Cornwall, she was launched at Polruan on 29 May, 2016. After being towed to her new home in Maldon, she will be fitted out and rigged by TS Rigging at Downs Road Boatyard.

Sea-Change Sailing Trust provides residential opportunities for young people and vulnerable adults to learn and develop in a unique environment. By living and working together aboard a large traditional sailing vessel they participate in a wide range of life skills and are encouraged to take increasing responsibility for their contribution and group decisions.

The trustees of Heritage Marine Foundation have been involved with this project since its inception, with Jim Dines doing much of the work towards the build from issuing the tenders to awarding the build contract and overseeing the build, The vessel is now at Downs Road Boatyard where TS Rigging Ltd are fitting out and rigging the vessel.

The Foundation are carrying out the design work of all the elements of the rig and fit out, from comparing the existing Horlock's Barges, researching old archive drawings and photos to try to recreate the deck fittings, rig and cabin design and layout as close to the original Horlock's Design as possible before fabrication and installation on board by TS Rigging Ltd. Part of the project will be to create a booklet of the modern CAD drawings with the relevant original drawings, photos and up to date photographs to create, a modern Handbook explaining the interpretation and alterations of the design to meet modern production methods and explaining the differences.

Heritage Marine Foundation Archive. 

Heritage Marine Foundation Archive. 

 
Heritage Marine Foundation Archive. 

Heritage Marine Foundation Archive. 

Heritage Marine Foundation Archive. 

Heritage Marine Foundation Archive.