The Heritage Marine Foundation is a charitable trust established to advance maritime heritage primarily  through the Maintenance Operation and Conservation of Traditional Vessels and through public education.

They provide specialist training and work experience as well as public engagement and education and are currently looking to develop a trailblazing apprenticeship program by which to develop the skills of Young People in this specialist field. 

The Foundation seeks to address the decline in affordable training opportunities and shortfall of skills within the traditional marine sector by providing apprenticeships in the Maintenance Operation and Conservation of Traditional Vessels. The aim is to ultimately provide the experienced, knowledgeable and professional crew and support staff needed to help keep this important part of our maritime heritage conserved, alive and sailing. 

There will be the opportunity for the apprentices over a three year period to work on a large scale capital project as well as smaller ones. The keel up rebuild of the Brixham Trawler Torbay Lass BM 163  will provide such an initial opportunity for the foundations apprentices. Saved from Tilbury Docks in 2015 when her future looked uncertain she formed the catalyst to get Heritage Marine Foundation Established. She will be rebuilt as not just an authentic restoration of a sailing vessel but as an establishment of an important education space that can be used to educate the public on the importance of sustainable fishing, and sustainable transportation of material by sea. Additionally, the foundations education program will look at the source and ways of preventing pollution in our rivers and seas alongside act as a training base and capital project for our apprentices to work onboard.   

Downs Road Boat Yard plays home to Heritage Marine Foundation, situated in the historic river port of Maldon on the Blackwater Estuary. The Yard is well established in the field of traditional boat repairs and restoration. Many substantial rebuilds and refits have taken place here over the years from classic yachts to working vessels. These have included magnificent Thames Sailing Barges and sailing Smacks of the East Coast as well as the masts, spars and rigging of the Clipper Ship Cutty Sark. 

 Visit our website www.heritagemarinefoundation.org to find out more.

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