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 ...

BBC iPlayer - Britain_s Lost Routes with Griff Rhy

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

THE PAST 100 YEARS or so

Discovering the paths that crossed with Dawn...

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If history were taught in the form of stories,it would never be forgotten


Dawn's tale began with Samuel Keeble of Maldon,Essex. In 1895 he commissioned Walter Cook to build him a Tiller steered Thames Stack Barge.

The photo shows Dawn under construction while Maldon celebrate the opening of the Promenade Park in 1895.

Dawn was launched in June 1897 and made her first of many trips from Essex to London.

A timeline is being put together with the many archive pictures and stories that have already been collected over the years.

However there are many gaps in her history. We would love to hear from you if there is a tale to tell or a picture to share.

If you would like to keep in touch with the building of the timeline maybe join us aboard for the special Heritage Days