Sailing Barge

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Melissa was built in 1899 by J.G. Fay , Woolston, Southampton as one of twenty-eight sailing barges ordered by E.J. & W. Goldsmith of Grays in Essex. It took two years to complete the order with one new barge being completed every three and a half weeks.

In 1994 a 15 year refurbishment programme began and Melissa is now sailing once again on the East Coast Rivers.

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