The Trust are pleased to announce that sailing barge Pudge has now moved from Hythe Quay, Maldon to Fullbridge for the work to be started on the replacement of her decks, coamings, ceilings and upgrading of her below deck accommodation. Please click the link below for a short video of Pudge leaving.
This work which will take around 12 months is being funded by the Heritage Lottery and a number of other charitable organisations along with donations and support from the members of the Trust.
Pudge will move into dry dock as soon as stripping of the old decks can be started, but in the meantime work is being undertaken by her shipwright, Kevin Finch to remove items from the deck and start working on making any new beams that are required.
Once Pudge is in dry dock a viewing area will be made available for the public to watch the work progress. Interpretation boards and a leaflet have been produced by pupils from Plume Academy, Maldon and a ‘Pudge Project’ website is currently being built by a pupil at the school so that people can view online the work as it moves forward.
Unfortunately due to the Covid 19 epidemic, volunteer workers have in the past few months been unable to help with the project and this will remain the case until such time as the government gives the green light on the relaxation of the lock down. Having said that, some work is being undertaken by volunteers from home where this is possible.
Pudge's move to Fullbridge comes after many years of hard work trying to get the project started and the Trust would like to thank everyone who has supported the ‘Pudge Project’ whether this be in terms of donating funds or providing volunteer support.