A CHALLENGE has been launched to recreate a famous steam boat.

The Steam Tug Brent Trust wants residents to design replicas of the boat which is berthed in Maldon.

The trust was inspired by a model of the steam vessel made from cereal boxes.

Brent is the last surviving steam vessel of the Port of London Authority’s fleet and one of only three steam vessels left of the many which were once in use on the River Thames and at London Docks.

Brent was rescued in 1970 by the Hall family, of Maldon, who used her as a holiday ‘tug yacht’ for nearly 40 years.

Entries can include paintings, drawings, cross stitch, knitting or models. They must cost no more than £5 to make and be no more than 40cm.

The trust hopes to display the entries later in the year to celebrate the tug’s 75th anniversary.

To enter, send a photo of your work to info@steamtugbrent.org.