Built in 1898 by Canns of Harwich for the Horlock family of Mistley, EDME is a spritsail barge of wooden construction with a bulb iron keelson. She has never had an engine. Named after the Maltings company (English Diastatic Malt Extract) she was a relatively small barge and was known as the "boys barge" within the Horlock fleet. In addition to her malt work she also carried acid to and from Brantham.
EDME ceased trading during the Second World War and was used as an anchor point for a barrage balloon in Harwich Harbour. Following the war she was used as a timber lighter in Heybridge Basin eventually becoming a houseboat. In 1971 she was bought by Ian Danskin who spent 18 years rebuilding her in Maldon.
Her present owners bought her in 1989 and, following extensive restoration, she was ready to go racing in 1992 and she has won prizes in East Coast barge races. Following a four year break from sailing,. a group of enthusiasts made up from previous owners and crew decided to get EDME up and running again and she was taking part in races in 2001. She is now based in St Osyth.
Classic Boat: Barges & Smacks from the air, March 2019
Classic Boat: Pin Mill barge 50 years match, July 2011
Built by John and Herbert Cann of Bathside, Gashouse Creek, Harwich as a Thames Sailing Barge for the Malting’s Co and named after English Diastatic Malt Extract (EDME)
Worked as a small barge carrying malt within the Horlock Fleet and also carried an acid cargo
Used in Harwich Harbour as an anchor point for a barrage balloon
She was struck off being considered too small and uneconomical and used as Timber Lighter in Heybridge Basin before becoming a Houseboat
Bought by Ian Danskin who spent 18 years rebuilding her in Maldon
Bought by the present owners and taken to St Osyth where she was given planking on the starboard side, doubled the bottom, replaced the starboard chine rigged and ready to go racing in 1992
She received a grant of £1500 from the National Historic Ship’s sustainability fund for restoration
Vessel is believed to be in good condition in St Osyth and used as a Private Leisure Craft
A Sustainability Grant of £1000 towards the costs of replacing the chine from the Strategic Development Fund of National Historic Ships UK
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