Thames Barges Sail Into The 21st Century

Last weekend we attended a highly successful Thames Sailing Barge Parade in London. Ten barges travelled through a raised Tower Bridge into the Upper Pool before returning to West India Dock.

Aboard Reminder we carried a group of supporters who have been instrumental to our success over the years and towards the building of Blue Mermaid. We are most grateful to them and a great day was had by all.

On Sunday the barges were open to the public. Additionally an exhibition contained a wealth of information on their history and the historical importance of the Thames barge fleet to the very survival of London.

Pictured are barges at the event moored opposite Canary Wharf, briefly connecting the late 19th and 20th centuries together.

Meet Us At The Thames Barge Parade

We will be in the parade this weekend aboard SB Reminder and between Tower and London Bridges soon after midday. Look for the grey hull.

Afterwards and all day Sunday you will find us alongside on South Quay in West India Dock with about a dozen other barges. There will also be a pop up barge museum and other related stalls. Come and say hello!

Only The Best For Blue Mermaid

One of two new profile-cut crab winches for Blue Mermaid freshly arrived at Downs Road Boatyard in Maldon, delivery courtesy of David Knowles and Simarco Transport of Witham.

They were made by P and W Nash of Hoo and replicate the original cast iron versions made by the likes of Lawford Ironworks for Mistley barges. By replicating them we eliminate the possibility of teeth loss from original 100 year old castings.

Nash’s have made a name for themselves by previously producing similar winches for SBs Adieu and Cambria. The opportunity was taken to galvanise anything not formed of stainless steel and the result is handsome, effective and low-maintenance.

Executive Officer Richard Titchener said, “It has been an absolute pleasure working with P and W Nash and with Simon Beaney in particular. The result is fantastic and exactly what we hoped for.”


A Happy Crew Is A Good Crew

Here is the happy crew who made up our Dementia Adventure group and sailed with us during last week’s beautiful summer weather.

Meet The Basin Oars

The Basin Oars is a ladies rowing team that pulls for charity. Based at Heybridge Basin near Maldon, the ladies raise money for the RNLI and local charities, both on the water and in the running of the annual village fun dog show.

This year they chose Sea-Change as one of their beneficiaries and here you see them aboard SB Reminder, presenting Hilary and Richard with their generous donation towards the fitting out of Blue Mermaid.

Thank you very much ladies.

Visit From High Sheriff

This week we are again sailing with Dementia Adventure, a registered charity that is dedicated to supporting people to live well with dementia and have a sense of adventure in their lives. Like us, they believe in the benefits to be gained from regular, active engagement with the natural world.

Before the five day activity charter departed Maldon’s Hythe Quay, Simon Hall MBE, High Sheriff of Essex paid us a visit. You see him here with our Chair of Trustees, Hilary Halajko.