‘Blue Mermaid Ready To Set Sail’

A faithfully created replica of one of the last Thames sailing barges will soon take to the seas for the first time.

Sea-Change Sailing Trust’s Blue Mermaid is an exact replica of the 1930 original, which was lost at sea during the Second World War.

The £700,000 Maldon-based project has been paid for through a collection of grants, including landfill operator Enovert Community Trust, which runs a plant near Colchester. Read the full Maldon Standard piece here.

By |2019-04-06T09:39:02+01:00April 6th, 2019|

Fine Cabin Joinery

Sea-Change Trustee Jim Thom admires the nearly finished skipper’s cabin in Blue Mermaid with contractor Heritage Marine‘s Jim Dines.

You can keep up with many of the fitting out tasks happening aboard by going to our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter feeds.

By |2019-04-18T11:47:53+01:00April 3rd, 2019|

A Visit From Ditchcrawler

Ditchcrawler, aka Nick Ardley paid us a visit earlier in the month. This is what he found.

“I paid a visit to The Sea-Change Sailing Trust at the Downs Road Boat Yard – to deliver a letter. Well, I wanted to view the Blue Mermaid too, obviously …” read the rest here.


By |2019-03-29T08:38:04+01:00March 29th, 2019|

How History Is Made

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Today Blue Mermaid’s main and  topsails have been set for the first time together with her bob.

A proud moment both for ourselves and for Maldon Little Ship Club whose logo we carry.


By |2019-03-27T17:36:11+01:00March 27th, 2019|

New Season Fast Aproaching

In another month our new sailing season gets under way. Even then work will continue apace to complete Blue Mermaid.

Looking back on a week of fitting out, here is new Mate Oliver disassembling the skylight by Shaun White prior to varnishing. The gameplan has always been to avoid varnish but we have been overtaken by the quality of the proferred items. Oli, incidentally will work on any vessel with Blue in the name having joined us from Blue Clipper.

Meanwhile there are many more photos on our Facebook page showing some of the work in hand, including

Lee Healey pausing in fitting out the aft cabin to show how he has matched the grain to the curve in the shelf behind the seating area.

Meanwhile, Dave Cooper and Dan Baker are welding the false coaming for stowage space as the rain clouds threaten.





By |2019-03-26T14:53:13+01:00March 11th, 2019|