Picture Copyright © Debbie Barker
elissa was built in 1899 by
, 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.
n 1994 a 15 year refurbishment programme began and Melissa is now sailing once again
on the East Coast Rivers.