So many people and organizations have had a hand in getting Dawn sailing again. Without this support over the years, Dawn would only be a memory, thankfully she is still in market of making memories .....


Thank you ...

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To Griff Rhys Jones for his continued support as our Patron


Dawn is proud to be a Dunkirk Little Ship

The Dawn Sailing Barge Trust Ltd

Reg.Charity No.1058939

Ltd Co.No. 3240596

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We are pleased to have been awarded £1000 towards replacing standing rigging

Helped to make it possible

by way of funding to

bring her back to Maldon. Dawn is now back in her berth where she was launched in 1897

A grant of £675,080

went a long way towards

bringing Dawn back to life

Their support helped restore

the skipper's cabin. Now we are so pleased to have been awarded £5000 towards the

goal of getting Dawn tiller steered once again.



A grant of £5000 has meant that Dawn is once again tiller steered

...oh & sailing !


Many many stories, some old favourites & new ones yet told

Old friends found & new ones made

Forgotten skills rediscovered

Laughter and Music drifting across the water

bringing our history to life

Capt. Gordon Swift

1928 - 2014

Founder of

The Dawn

Sailing Barge Trust

A memorial fund has been set up in Gordon's memory to continue the work that he started. Over £1200 has already been given in his memory to help carry on with the care of Dawn


If you would like to make a donation, please click on the link below.

New Dawn for The Dawn

Dawn has now been restored back to the only working example of a full sized tiller steered Thames Barge.


Built as a Stackie for the hay market in 1897 for the Keeble's of Maldon.


She was one of 2000 barges registed as tillered steered at the turn of the 1900's. Today she is the only one left anywhere in the world.


Dawn is also unique in being totally open hold known as clean swept hold and therefore able and ready to carry a full cargo. All the hatches are able to be lifted off and a cargo loaded.


The existance of Dawn in Maldon is a true example of living history for all to experience.

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Carrying a stack to London once agian ..

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September 1996 was the start of the Dawn Sailing Barge Trust.

As a thank you to everyone who has helped get Dawn back to the wonderful condition she is in today the Trust are offering 20 sails over the summer.


If you would like to join us for a sail on the tide from Maldon please email us to find out more details.

20th Anniversary Sails