Anne-Marie Restoration

This is my Blog as a record of the restoration of the WW2 barge Anne-Marie

Monday, March 13, 2006

Before we begin

This is the barge Anne-Marie as she is currently moored at West Quay, Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex. She is a relic from WW2 when she was probably used to carry water. She has been moored in her current location since 1948 and has been periodically lived in since then. Lynda and myself live aboard her in the upper section, the hold having been destroyed by a water leak several years ago. We have decided to completely renovate the barge and convert the huge hold area into bedrooms and a self-contained flat for renting out.


  • At 4:00 AM, Blogger said…

    We salute this noble endeavour to convert 'the black beast' into luxury accomodation.

  • At 7:24 AM, Blogger nicky said…

    What did these boats carry and do you know anything about any others ie the one at brundall?

  • At 3:36 AM, Blogger Eva said…

    I´m looking for information on the construction of my barge. I don´t even know in wich country it was made. It is guite similar to Anne-Marie exept for some detail. It was converted into an houseboat in the seventies and I´m about to make some renovation on the hull. Where do I look? Any tips?

  • At 4:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said…

    I lived on the Anne-Marie from 1983-84, in a small, self-contained flat below deck (at the left-hand end, from the photo). We had a chemical toilet and an electric pump to empty the oil drum in the bilges that the bath and sink drained into. Great times, for a while, but I couldn't do it now!

    Jon Rubidge

  • At 1:26 PM, Blogger PFW said…

    Just out of interest is this the same 'Anne Marie' that I have a picture of tied up at Saltcote Maltings, Heybridge from many years ago?

  • At 6:12 AM, Blogger Unknown said…

    Hallo, The 'Anne-Marie' was a beautiful creation. I was just delving into family history and found these blogs. As far as I can remember this belonged to my mother's, mum's husband and wife. Colonel Stanley Mapleson. He got the Dutch barge over and then had it refurbised in the UK. I stayed there often as a youngster in the 50's, right up until the 60's. There was no lack of money in the design etc. As I entered the front door my chosen room was down the beautiful stairs on the left to the boiler room and master bedroom. Lovely wooden shelves to the left of me with the Mapleson Memoirs for any guest to read. The posh kitchen was at the one end of the houseboat and I can still viualise it at one end. The lounge at the other. Uncle Stanley designed the interior which I clearly remember. On the side exposed to the river was a sun room with steps into the water from which I would go swimmimg, it was a touch of luxury from hard days nursing at Guys Hospital. Please get in touch if there are any details that I can help with


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