We’re having an Open Day at the SSBR Archive at North Fambridge Yacht Haven on Saturday 2nd June. Great opportunity to have a lovely day out by the River Crouch and to see our collection – our treasure house – of 30,000 items of barge memorabilia. There will be books and paintings on sale too. Do come along and see us.
Some of us have been following with great interest sb Decima’s risky but brave journey up to the lock at Dartford Creek, where she has been during the winter.
This weekend there’s a chance to see Decima and to have a great day out at the Dartford Nautical Festival. It’s on Sunday 27th May starting at 1pm. Here are the details.
Another award for Topsail Charters Ltd who, last Friday, won “Best Business Contribution to the Community” at the first Pride of Maldon awards.
The company commented: “For the past 31 years we have been a huge part of Maldon’s waterfront and riverside heritage. As a Maldon family-owned business we take special pride in sourcing as much as we can from our local surroundings…..from our food suppliers in Maldon’s High Street, to our 34 local staff, our work with Plume School vocational students, and our new apprenticeships schemes.
“A huge thank you to everyone who continues to support us and for helping us win this award!”
Congratulations to all at Topsail Charters on this well-deserved award.
2017 was a quiet year for Cambria, which caused some level of worry.
2018 is proving much better. Early in April the Sea-Change Sailing Trust started a charter of the barge for several months to be used for their work with young people and for other more unusual sails.
Top of the pile of such voyages must be the coming “Trading Mates on Cambria” weekend which will see Dick Durham and Phil Latham return to the barge where they spent long days as Mates in the last of the trading years in the 1960s.
And you can be part of that great experience by joining the barge for the weekend. See below for full details and how to book.
Not long to wait now for the Barge film show at Faversham.
I hadn’t seen the film before and it’s absolutely fascinating. There are some great pictures of Cambria, below deck, as she is now and some old pictures too including some nice shots of Bob Roberts.
Dick tells some wonderful stories about his fourteen months as the last Mate of Cambria when she was in trade. He was a handsome young man of 18 at the time.
to Dartford Lock for a long time – certainly since the low bridge was built at Bob Dunn Way, and probably a good few years before that.
On Thursday of this week, 21st December, history was made when sb Decima made the journey along the creek, seemed to pass easily under the bridge and reached the lock.
Yes it seemed easy, but it followed a great deal of measuring and calculating to ensure she would fit under the bridge.
Gravesham councillor Conrad Broadley said, “We really take our hat off to the adventurous owner and skipper David Leal and Colin Robson respectively for having the bravery to make what is quite an epic journey into the unknown paving the way for future nautical visitors to the historic moorings at Dartford.”
The intention is that Decima will be open to the public on some days.
Here’s the link to the Gravesend Reporter story. Photographs below are courtesy of Conrad Broadley.
Below is Conrad Broadley’s video of Decima passing under the low bridge, and there are a series of short videos of her negotiating the silted up creek and narrow entrance to the lock. Here’s one of them.