The discovery of three postcards from the early 1900s at a Parisian ﬂea market in 1999 was the start of a unique journey for Eric Merlin. A self-confessed dreamer and boat lover, Merlin’s imagination was captured by one of the postcard’s discernible paddleboats,
. He began a quest to uncover her history and build a replica using only these fading sepia images. Now also the owner of the faithfully restored 41.5m minesweeper M/Y
Merlin talks to Angela Audretsch about
, his ﬁrst labour of love.
A dreamer and a boat lover
– WORDS BY ANGELA AUDRETSCH AND IMAGES COURTESY OF ERIC MERLIN