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The Thames Sailing Barge Trust

The Thames Sailing Barge Trust are a registered charity and own and operate two Thames sailing barges based at Maldon. Pudge which was built in 1922 and celebrates her 100th birthday in 2022 requires the replacement of her decks which has not be done since she was brought out of trade from the London & Rochetsr Trading Company Ltd in 1968.

Although she has been substantially restored since she was purchased, her decks have not and are now in need replacing in full along with other supporting timbers and her coamings.

The Trust have also decided at the same time to replace her below deck accommodation which was installed in the 1970’s and to bring her facilities up to date whilst retaining that feel of sailing in an historic vessel.


Pudge finished carrying traditional cargo in 1968 and since than has carried up to 12 passengers on weekend sailings or charters during the months May to October.

The Thames Sailing Barge Trust was formed in 2003 from the Thames Barge Sailing Club which was started after the second world war in 1948 to help preserve these iconic sailing vessels. Although the Trust own Pudge, she is operated by a wholly owned subsidiary TSBT Sailing & Charters Ltd and this non-profit company’s income is used to maintain and restore Pudge and its other sailing barge Centaur along with covering their operating income. The Trust has no paid employees.


More details about the activities of the trust can be found by visiting our website or by visiting our Facebook pages.

The Pudge Project is the title for this part Heritage Lottery funded programme of restoration of Pudge to make sure that she can continue to sail for many years to come.

This website has been designed by Ben Gosling a student at Plume Community Academy, Maldon, Essex as part of his course work. The Trust would like to thank Ben and the Plume for all their help with this project.