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 .....
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
Ltd Co.No. 3240596
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
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.
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.
Carrying a stack to London once agian ..
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.