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Looking for Snarken…


Does anyone know the whereabouts – or fate – of a cruising yacht called Snarken please?

Reader Thomas Hauerslev says that in the 1960s his family sailed the Runa-type yacht built in 1912.

She visited the UK’s East Coast several times around a century ago, and again in the 1980s at some point, he thinks. No-one he’s been in contact with has seen her since 1995.

Does anyone in the UK have any clues for him – was she possibly bought by someone over here? If you can help, please contact him through his web page about the boat. Please copy me in on your email at gmatkin@gmail.com – I very much like to know about these things!

Blue Mermaid at Maldon Hythe Quay 6th-8th July

Blue Mermaid, said to be the first Thames Sailing Barge built for trade since 1930, has arrived at Maldon and will be at Maldon Hythe  Quay for viewing on the 6th-8th July.

The 87ft steel barge, which will be based in Essex, was commissioned by a local charity, the Sea-Change Sailing Trust and will be used for their work with young people as well as carrying cargo. The charity works with disabled and disadvantaged young people as well as those challenged by traditional educational settings, experiencing social exclusion or at risk of offending.

The barge was built at the boatyard of C Toms and Son in Cornwall, and will now be fitted out and rigged by TS Rigging of Maldon.

Blue Mermaid is a replica of a barge of the same name, which was sunk by a mine during World War ll with the loss of her crew. As a traditional Thames sailing barge, she will not have an engine and will be able to transport the equivalent of up to six articulated lorry loads in a low carbon environment.

Sea-Change Sailing Trust’s Chair of Trustees, Hilary Halajko said the that bringing the barge to Maldon marked a landmark in the charity’s ambition to get a new sailing barge into operation. Having raised £450,000, it now has to raise £150,000, but it is hoped that Blue Mermaid will enter service during 2017.

Film-maker Simon North’s history of the story of Montreal, a lighter converted to a sailing barge

This is the first of a short series by Simon North. Part 2 is here and part 3 is here.

Check his YouTube account for more sailing barge stuff!

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