Saxonia LO32 35ft Aldous built 1930

She is a Thames bawley and was originally used for whitebait fishing from Leigh on Sea. She was the last fishing boat of this kind built by Aldous of Brightlingsea and was also the first sailing bawley built with an engine from new. She was the last fishing boat to commercially fish using the Stowboat method of fishing for whitebait and used the Stoweboat gear up to 1964. The original owners, Wm Young & Sons operated 4 bawley boats, all in the whitebait fishery.

Latter day motorised bawleys with baulk davits and baulks in rigging. SAXONIA LO32 has her aft dead eye and lanyard wolded, a fog bell on her mast and her windchain rove. The rigging plates, fitted flush on the rails and sheer strake, made possible the “flying shoot”. Used in The Stowboaters page 42
Leigh on Sea wharf.
SAXONIA LO32 Leign on Sea. Used in The Stowboaters page 42.
Bawley SAXONIA LO32 on the slipway at Tollesbury Yacht & Boatbuilding Company. Photograph loaned by Trevor Green.