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Heybridge Basin drained - the barge UNITY to the left of the lock. The remains of the UNITY are in Sampsons Creek and her wheel was rescued by John Milgate and has been used in Mersea Museum displays.
In July 2014 Ron used this postcard in an article in Maldon and Heybridge Life:
Old Days at Heybridge Basin
For this month I have an unusual scene of the Basin minus water. The basin appears to have been drained to allow repairs or maintenance to be carried out on the lock gates and workmen can be seen carrying out this work in the distance. Yachts lying on the dried out bottom of the canal lie at odd angles but the barges
sit more comfortably. The large freshly tarred barge in the centre of
the the picture is UNITY, a former ketch rigged sailing barge which has been unrigged to serve as a timber lighter.
After he died the dust covered wheel was found at the back of the building and was recovered by his son-in-law Martin Wade who has lovingly restored it.
Photo: Ron Green Collection
Image ID RG06_131
Category 2 Places-->Heybridge
This image is part of the Mersea Island Museum Collection.