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.