Steam Tug Brent Trust
Steam Tug Brent Trust
The restoration and preservation of the historic Steam Tug Boat 'Brent' built in 1945. Built for the Admiralty, Brent was instead sold to the Port of London Authority and used to tow lighters and barges full of cargo between ships and warehouses in London Docks, she was on retirement in 1970, the last PLA steam vessel left in service. Saved by the Hall family of Maldon, Essex she was given to the Trust in 2011 who are now raising funds for her repair so that she can steam once again.
The Trust aims to save the historic steam ‘TID’ tug boat ‘Brent’ of 1945 from the threat of being allowed to fall derelict and raise funds for her full restoration, repair and conservation so that the vessel and its steam propelling machinery can be maintained in a safe, seaworthy and well kept condition similar to that found when once in commercial service.
We hope to to operate the boat under steam in full working order wherever and whenever possible and to maintain and keep her in a good state of repair, so that she is preserved in perpetuity for current and future generations as a preserved example of Britain’s maritime heritage and as a link with the working practices of a bygone age.
This is being achieved by the input of a small team of public spirited and dedicated volunteers, who with varying interests, knowledge, backgrounds, ages and abilities are prepared to tackle the various jobs and roles required.
Once the boat is in working order the intention is to keep a single base berth at Maldon in Essex and several visiting berths where she can be displayed static when not in use, so that she can be inspected and enjoyed at close hand by members of the visiting public. The sailing areas being mainly the London,Thames and South East of England. She will be opened up regulary for internal view, complete with working engines and whenever possible we hope to carry passengers; Sea Cadets, Sea Scouts, shool groups and other general visitors on short or long day trips.
Steam Tug Brent Trust aims to:
- Carry out the full restoration, repair and conservation of the vessel and its propelling machinery, so that it can be maintained in a safe and seaworthy condition as a floating museum in perpetuity.
- Provide heritage boat handling, steam and maritime experiences for young people, students and specialist groups, along the Thames, East and South East coasts from our home berth at Maldon in Essex.
- Celebrate the Docklands traditions of towage and lighterage on the Thames and allow public access on board to learn more about steam and maritime history via displays, website and other information.
- Build up our volunteer crew and supporters to ensure Brents preservation.The aims of the Trust can only be achieved by the continuous input of a small team of dedicated volunteers.
- Our restoration goal is to attend the 75th D Day Landings Anniversary in France in 2019. The only chance for Brent and two other WW Two TID class steam tugs to attend as part of the commemorations.
Established: December 2010
Registered Charity Number: 1139414
Board members: 3
Phone number: 01621 855058
Address: 12 The Hythe, MALDON, Essex. CM9 5HNView charity accounts on the Charity Commission website