More updates on Where to see Sailing Barges

Hugh Perks cleans Cambria's brass

Hugh Perks cleans Cambria’s brass

There’s a further update to the new Where to see Sailing Barges page.                  

Hugh Perks provided some more information.   Tom Lagan, mate of sb Will, reminded me we had forgotten Will.   And I thought of a couple of others I had forgotten. 

So here’s the link to the updated page.

Where to see Sailing Barges in Kent and other places

After yesterday’s post of a list of places to see barges in Essex, we are now able to include

Dave Brooks

Dave Brooks

Kent and other places.   Dave Brooks has kindly given us a list of where in Kent sailing barges may be seen, and has added a few other places.

Here’s the link to the updated page. 

Where to see Sailing Barges

Don Wright, SSBR's Archivist.

Don Wright, SSBR’s Archivist.

At the last Committee meeting it was felt that people who like to see sailing barges, but
are not quite as involved as some of us, simply do not know where to go to have a good chance of seeing one. 

Our splendid Archivist, Don Wright, has put together a list of where to see Essex-based barges, and we have therefore put a new page on the blog showing the information.   We hope to add to it with the Kent locations soon. 

Click here for the “Where to see Sailing Barges” page.

 

Most powerful man in the world had to give way to Gladys

Good to see that even a US President, no doubt with a huge retinue of security,  has to recognize that a Thames sailing barge is more important:-

“Ships always have right of way.   That fact was made clear in 1997 when Bill Clinton’s presidential motorcade was split crossing Tower Bridge to allow the Thames sailing barge Gladys to pass as scheduled.   ‘We tried to contact the American Embassy, but they wouldn’t answer the ‘phone,’ said a Tower Bridge spokesman.”

Secret chuckle on reading this, which I found in a list of facts and figures about Tower Bridge.   Here’s the link to the story.

A bus once jumped a three-foot gap to cross the bridge

 

 

 

Learn more about sailing barges – join us in the SSBR

Want to know more about the beautiful Thames Sailing Barges, or do you know somebody who might?   For just £20.00 a year you can subscribe to the Society for Sailing Barge Research and receive our two excellent publications, Topsail and Mainsheet.   There are also some other publications by the Society for Sailing Barge Research which are sent out free to our members.   So if you would like to know more or are looking for an interesting Christmas/Birthday present why not sign up.

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Cambria’s horseshoe leads to the story of a war-time barge

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.     

 

Alexander von Humboldt II has a follower

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.  

New book on St Katharine’s Dock to be launched on sb Lady Daphne

Christopher West saw yesterday’s post about Lady Daphne, and has contacted
St Katherine's Dock (Christopher West)us with the following news:-

“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 thestoryofstk@outlook.com or my http://historyofthedocks.net    “

The season is getting underway – here’s Victor’s programme

The barges are coming out of hibernation, although they will S B Victor 1895have 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.

Lady Daphne seen at North Greenwich

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.

lady daphne at North Greenwich April 2014

 

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