Certificate no 710
Status Registered


Function Fishing Vessel
Subfunction Dredger
Location West Mersea
Vessel type Thames Bawley
Current use Commercial Activity
Available to hire Yes
Available for excursions No
Info required Yes


Builder Aldous & Sons, Brightlingsea
Built in 1930
Hull material Wood
Rig Gaff Cutter
Number of decks 1
Number of masts
Propulsion Sail
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Inboard
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
13.90 feet (4.24 m)
5.00 feet (1.53 m)
Length: Overall
34.00 feet (10.37 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


SAXONIA is a Thames bawley, built in 1930 and originally used for whitebait fishing from Leigh on Sea for William Young and his fishery company.  She was the last fishing boat of this kind built by Aldous of Brightlingsea and was also the first sailing bawley built with an engine from new.

She was the last fishing boat to commercially fish using the Stowboat method of fishing for whitebait and used the Stoweboat gear up to 1964, working out of Holehaven with the Enterprise.  Both vessels were owned by Leigh fishing families and had stalls in Billingsgate Market, London.

The original owners, W M Young & Sons operated 4 bawley boats, all in the whitebait fishery.

She was sold into private ownership and chartered full-time, in her original 1930s state and condition, together with maintaining her original fishing gear.  In December 2020 it was reported SAXONIA was under new private ownership, her sixth owner since her launch.


Classic Boat: Charter UK Destinations - Wish you were here?, February 2011
Classic Boat: At Close Quarters: James Lawrence: a bargeman in stitches, August 1999
Classic Yacht: Classic Charter Opportunities, August 1997

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