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.
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