How We Started

How we started…………

Jay Lamb and Sam Baumber founded Re-Union in 2003 whilst living afloat on the Union Canal.

They experienced first hand the canal’s regeneration as part of the Millennium Link Project.

They recognised that cruising powered craft on the canal was becoming an exclusive pursuit. If this were to be addressed, one of two things needed to happen. Either a community worker needed to recognise the potential of the canal and get interested in boats, or the boating community needed to recognise this impending exclusivity and get interested in the local community.

With experience of boating and community education, Sam and Jay were uniquely placed to build a canal boat that would make cruising on the canal available to all, regardless of circumstance.

In spring 2004, with the support of three social investors and over 1,000 volunteer hours the first Re-Union boat was launched. Check out the gallery to see how it was done…

Following this successful pilot Re-Union decided to go forward with their plan and in autumn 2008, the new 60ft widebeam barge was launched, increasing capacity, improving services and realising our potential.

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