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Tollesbury & Mersea Native Oyster Fishery Company Ltd
Registered in 1876 and based at West Mersea on the River Blackwater,
Essex where Mersea native oysters have been fished since Roman times.
The Mersea native oyster is slow grown, sustainable, nutritious.
Essex Native Oyster Restoration Initiative
A collaboration between oystermen, government, conservationists and academia,
working towards the Essex estuaries having self-sustaining populations of native oysters.
Mersea Island Protection Trust
Mersea Harbour is under threat from the erosion by storm wave
action of Cobmarsh, Packing Marsh and Old Hall.
Plans are well advanced to recharge the exposed sites, to protect the shoreline
in the future.
Harwich real-time tide gauge
The National Oceanography Centre have a network of real time
tide gauges around the coast. The Harwich gauge will tell you how the
tide is running and is a good indicator for Mersea.
West Mersea Town Regatta
West Mersea Town Regatta has been running for over 150 years
and takes place annually in August.
The website contains the programme of sailing and watersports,
attractions, results and pictures.
Mersea Island Museum
Mersea Museum is near the church in the centre of the village.
Exhibitions cover Mersea's maritime history, fishing, oystering,
local life, wildlife and wildfowling. It has a large collection of
The Packing Shed - Mersea Island
The Packing Shed is a dominant feature of Mersea Island's shoreline
and one of its best-known landmarks. It was first built around 1890 for
the Tollesbury & Mersea Native Oyster Fishing Company.
By 1990 it was no longer in use and in dangerous condition. It was
restored by the Packing Shed Trust for the benefit of the community.
West Mersea Town Council
- Local clubs and organisations
- What to do in your spare time
- Services on the island
- Where to stay, eat and play
BOADICEA is 200 years old in 2008.
She is an East Coast Oyster Smack, built in Maldon in 1808
and is probably the oldest sailing vessel in Europe that is still in
Pioneer Sailing Trust
Of the scores of deep sea smacks built along the banks of the
Colne and Blackwater, only one remains. Until just five years
ago, this remnant lay broken and abandoned in the mud at West Mersea.
Her name was Pioneer. When built in 1864,
she represented the pinnacle of Essex working sail.
Following 6 years of restoration, 2005 saw the Pioneer sailing again.
Thames Sailing Barge Trust
A century ago over two thousand Thames sailing barges were used to
transport goods around Britain and to Europe. They were at home in
the shallow Essex creeks or sailing in the North Sea and English Channel.
Now, around 30 remain in sailing condition.
The trust owns two of these magnificent barges, Centaur and Pudge, with
the objective of preserving the barges in sailing condition for the public benefit.
The Society for Sailing Barge Research
S.S.B.R. is a group interested in the history of the Thames Sailing
Barges of the East Coast of England.
The Society includes research into the
history of barge building, ownership, the ports from which they sailed,
the craft themselves and the men who sailed them.
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