Sea-Change work on the East coast with young people, many from deprived communities, as well as those who are challenged by traditional educational settings, experiencing social exclusion or at risk of offending. The new barge will have cargo carrying capabilities and offer young people more opportunities to develop their organisational and leadership skills. As a Thames sailing barge, she will not have an engine and so will develop real sailing skills in a low carbon environment.
Blue Mermaid has a special story and is a replica of a former barge. From the late 1860s, the Horlock family of Mistley in Essex owned many of the best known barges that traded carrying cargo all over the East coast. In 1924, the Horlocks commissioned seven new Thames barges. These ‘seven sisters’ are all afloat with the exception of the Blue Mermaid which was lost in World War II.
New building shed extension
The end of our existing building shed has come down for the last time. Next week work begins on a extension which will have a higher roof to the current shed allowing us to complete up to 3 new build projects undercover.