Gordon Swift RIP
“News of the passing of my father, Captain Gordon Swift, on the 7th February 2014.
“2014 has seen the 50th Anniversary of his association with sailing barge Dawn. He bought her when her days had come to an end as a timber lighter. She was laid up with others at Heybridge Basin. After re-rigging Dawn, they were able to stay together for many years.
“He sold her to Newham Council but continued to skipper her. Sadly she needed work in the early 1990s, which was the beginning of her end. But Gordon would not give up on her.
“He formed the Dawn Sailing Barge Trust in 1996. With many, many people’s support and help, she sailed again in 2008, in the Blackwater Match with Gordon at the wheel once again.
“He was always happy to talk to anyone about Dawn, and if they had the time there were many tales.”
Our picture, kindly supplied by Gerard, shows Gordon’s last time at Dawn’s wheel at Ipswich in 2013.
We send the Society’s condolences to Gerard and his family.
Last December, we posted about Dawn and the latest stages of her restoration. Read it here.
UPDATE – We now have details of Gordon’s funeral, which will be held on Wednesday 26th February, at 12 noon, at St John the Baptist Church, Metfield, Suffolk, IP20 0LA. All are welcome to join the family to remember with them the life of Gordon Swift.
No flowers please, but donations if wished to his chosen charity, The Dawn Sailing Barge Trust. Donations may be made via Susan Whymark Funeral Service Ltd, Chestnut House, 12 Progress Way, Langton Green, Eye, Suffolk, IP23 7HU.
Gordon’s family would love you to join them for the service and afterwards to share your memories with them over a mug of tea.