Well here’s an interesting post on the Cambria website’s blog!
How amazing it is the way things come to light. When Cambria was being restored a horseshoe was found attached to the wheelhouse. An appeal was made to try to discover how it came to be there, but nobody seemed to know.
Then recently William Collard came up with an answer – a good luck symbol, being the shoe worn by a famous racehorse. He found the information in a collection of articles called ‘Thames at War’ by Bernard Drew. The blog goes on to quote an extract from the articles about a trip on board Cambria that Mr Drew took in WW2 when “Cully” Tovell was skipper. It is a fascinating account of life and work on a Thames sailing barge in war-time. And, interesting for me, the other two members of the crew came from Grays.
Here’s the link to the post on the Cambria blog.
Today the German sail training vessel, Alexander von Humboldt II, came down river having spent the weekend in London. This magnificent ship used to have green sails but is now all in white. Here’s a picture of her coming down river, but who’s that following her? And here’s a picture of the Gravesend pilot boarding her.
“The Lady Daphne is now featured in my new book, The History Of St Katharine’s. I am launching the book and giving a talk on board The Lady Daphne on Monday 28th April from 5 to 7 pm. She is the perfect venue for this. If you would like to come along, tickets are £5 and available from firstname.lastname@example.org or my http://historyofthedocks.net “
The barges are coming out of hibernation, although they will have had little sleep as much winter maintenance work will have been done. One by one we are seeing them start their programme for the summer season. And here’s news of what sb Victor will be doing this year as published on the Ipswich Borough Council website.
Click here for the story.
The Eastender has a couple of nice pictures of Lady Daphne sailing past North Greenwich on Tuesday of last week.
Here’s the link to the story.
The committee members of SSBR usually get advance warning that the latest edition of Mainsheet is on its way. So when that light thud came as the post hit the doormat this morning I guessed it had arrived.
Charles Traill always plays his cards close to his chest and will never tell us, beyond perhaps a small hint about one item, what the contents will be. It has to be a surprise. So there is always much interest in what we will find when we open the publication.
As agreed at a committee meeting in January, Charles had included a resumé of our deliberations about the future, and with it was a photograph of the committee.
“Gosh”, I thought, “my hair does look nice, all those lovely long curls”. I hate having my photograph taken, but this was good, this was acceptable. For dear Charles had stood behind me to take his picture of the committee and it was a photo of the back of my head!
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Yachting Monthly has an interesting piece about the new Blue Mermaid which Sea-Change Sailing Trust is planning to build. She will be based on the blueprint of the steel-hulled barge blown up after hitting a German mine off the Spitway Channel in World War II. The new barge will be used to train sailing crew and the plan is that she will carry cargo again.
Read the Yachting Monthly story here.