Hugh’s pictures of the Medway Match

We were delighted that Hugh Perks was able to come along to the SSBR Annual General Meeting this year, and even more delighted that he managed to get to the Medway Barge Match on 3rd June 2017.

As usual, he has taken some excellent pictures and was kind enough to let me have three of them for The Barge Blog.   So here are Mirosa; Niagara and Edith May; and Edme.

 

Reminder named Historic Ships Regional Flagship of the Year 2017 for East Anglia

We are delighted that sb Reminder has been named by National Historic Ships as its Regional Flagship of the Year 2017 for East Anglia.   Reminder can usually be seen at Maldon Hythe Quay.   She carries OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAout an extensive programme each year, and again this year is acting as “home” for the Sea-Change Sailing Trust’s charters with young people.

The press release from National Historic Ships is given below.

Your Editor is particularly pleased to see that the Regional Flagship for the South West is Our Daddy  –  not a sailing barge but a Looe fishing boat, claiming to be the last of her type built.   I had the pleasure of seeing her at her home base of Brixham not long after she changed hands and of talking to her new owners.   She is a beautiful vessel being very well looked after.

PRESS RELEASE

National Historic Ships UK announces FLAGSHIP OF THE YEAR AWARD

Following eight successful years of very different kinds of vessels from around the UK winning this award, National Historic Ships UK has again extended the scheme for 2017.

This year, National Historic Ships UK decided the applications more strongly represented Regional rather than National event programmes and it was decided to award four Regional Flagships to recognise the commitment that many vessels give to their home cruising grounds.   In announcing this further extension of the scheme Hannah Cunliffe, Director of National Historic Ships UK, said: “I am delighted that we are able to offer these Awards once more and publicise the range of cruising programmes which these vessels are planning for the coming season.   Our four 2017 Regional Flagships have all shown their enthusiasm for raising the profile of UK maritime heritage at the events they are attending and we look forward to working closely with them in the months ahead.”

The Award criteria requires vessel owners to come forward with seasonal programmes to engage the public through festivals, demonstrations, on-board cruises, quayside visits, educational programmes, participation in races and similar activities. Flagships are expected to promote actively the role of National Historic Ships UK by distributing associated PR material and flying the flag as our ambassadors. The four Regional Flagships will each receive a grant of £250 to be spent on the vessel, along with a special Regional Flagship Broad Pennant denoting the year in which the award was made.

The 2017 Regional Flagship Awards have been given to: Caronia (Regional Flagship of the Year 2017 for the Solent) – for her commitment to education and engagement with maritime heritage involving an intensive series of visits from her current home port in Chichester to her historic home port of St Ives, via Yarmouth, Falmouth, Penzance, Plymouth and Dartmouth.

Daniel Adamson (Regional Flagship of the Year 2017 for the North-West) – for her commitment to education and engagement with the North-West’s maritime heritage involving an intensive series of visits extending to Ellesmere Port, Liverpool, and Lymm. http://www.thedanny.co.uk/

Our Daddy (Regional Flagship of the Year 2017 for the South West) – for her commitment to education and engagement with the South West’s maritime heritage involving an intensive series of visits extending to Brixham, Looe, Falmouth, Dartmouth and the Isles of Scilly.

Reminder (Regional Flagship of the Year 2017 for East Anglia) – for her commitment to education and engagement with East Anglia’s maritime heritage involving an intensive series of visits extending to Maldon, the Medway, and London. http://www.top-sail.co.uk/

Each Flagship will be presented with its broad pennant by a member of the NHS-UK team.  

The Scales family visit Kardomah

Diana Farmer‎ posted this great picture on Facebook today.   It shows her grandfather (Fred Scales), her dad Bill (William Scales), and herself looking at the sb Kardomah after gales in 1961.   It appeared in the local newspaper (the Essex County Standard).


Kardomah was built at Rochester by Gill & Sons in 1907.    Her owners included Charles Tuff, Samuel West and the War Department. She was hulked in 1947 in front of the Custom House, Brightlingsea. All trace of her had gone by 2005.

Here’s a sad picture of her taken by John and Lena Horner in the late 1960s.

Just 7 Days to go! Don’t miss the Show!

Just 7 days to go before The Thames Sailing Barge Trust and thfilm-show-poster-grey-v2-2-march-2017-updatee Society for Sailing Barge Research hold an Archive Thames Sailing Barge Film Evening on Saturday 11th March at Maldon Town Hall, Market Hill, Maldon.

Some of the films will not have been shown before.

The event is to raise funds for the SSBR and Thames Sailing Barge Trust.

Tickets are still available in advance and cost £7.00 per person.   Or on the evening they can be purchased for £8.00.

Doors open at 7:00 pm and the film show starts at 7:30 pm. There will be a real ale bar and teas and coffee. We will also hold a raffle.

To obtain tickets visit the Maldon Tourist Information Office, Wenlock Way, Maldon, or they can be obtained by post by sending a cheque payable to Thames Sailing Barge Trust and a self addressed envelope to:  John Rayment, 12 Wisdoms Green, Coggeshall, Colchester. Essex CO6 1SG.
Postal applications need to arrive before the 7th March, so tickets can be returned.

Thank you for your support.

Don’t miss SSBR & TSBT Archive Film Show

There’s a special event coming up in Maldon that really shouldn’t be missed.

The Thames Sailing Barge Trust and the Society for Sailing Barge Research are holding an Archive Thames Sailing Barge Film Evening on Saturday 11th March at Maldon Town Hall, Market Hill, Maldon.

Some of the films will not have been shown before.

The event is to raise funds for the SSBR and Thames Sailing Barge Trust.   Tickets are available in advance and cost £7.00 per person. On the evening they can be purchased for £8.00.

Doors open at 7:00 pm and the film show starts at 7:30 pm. There will be a real ale bar and teas and coffee. We will also hold a raffle.

To obtain tickets visit the Maldon Tourist Information Office, Wenlock Way, Maldon, or they can be obtained by post by sending a cheque payable to Thames Sailing Barge Trust and a self addressed envelope to: John Rayment, 12 Wisdoms Green, Coggeshall, Colchester. Essex CO6 1SG.

Thank you for your support

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Deben is Cambria’s Volunteer of the Year

Across on the ferry to Gravesend today for the Cambria Trust AGM,

Highlight of the event was the presentation to the Cambria dscf1151Volunteer of the Year. The Cambria Cup was presented by Tony Farnham, Cambria’s Honorary Ambassador, to Deben Johnson.

Deben is 17 and has volunteered with sb Cambria for two and a half years. He has sailed as Third Hand on the barge, and has also put his skills to good use on board. As a woodwork apprentice he has carried out considerable work on the barge boat as well as on the barge itself, including work on all the wooden blocks.

The Cambria Cup was won by Cambria in 1930 and subsequently passed into Tony’s ownership. He donated it to the Cambria Trust to be used in this way.

Sorry for the poor quality of the photo  –  I was not in a good position to take it, either that or the lens was very dirty! 

SSBR at Leigh Maritime Festival

This Sunday, 21st August, we shall be in the Old Town at Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, for the Leigh Maritime Festival.

We shall be in the Scott & Stapleton Maritime Marquee in the car park opposite Leigh Sailing Club.   Barges will be an important theme of the festival this year, with not just SSBR but the Thames Sailing Barge Trust and the Southend Barge Match all taking part.   The three of us will be placed together in a row so you should be able to find us.Leigh Maritime Festival

There will  be lots going on at various venues across the Old Town, including children’s activities.

The Old Town will be closed to traffic from 10am, but there will be plenty of parking available at Leigh station.   So drop the car off, stroll along past the cockle sheds to get in the mood and join us along the High Street and wharves from 11am.

For the seafaring among you the Lower Thames Rowing Club’s Annual Pier Race is setting off from Bell Wharf at 2pm.   There will be a variety of boats racing to Southend pier and back – a route of over 8 miles – with a sprint finish to arrive back at approximately 3.30pm.

Everyone is invited to Marko Sparko’s Pirate show at 3pm for magic and balloon fun.   Once the tide comes in it’s crabbing lines at the ready with Leigh Round Table – see how many you can catch!

Victoria Wharf will be transformed with deckchairs to host a ‘Seaside Concert Party’ with performances from Leigh and Southend Operatic and Dramatic Societies, Ami Hawthorne, the Yardarm Folk Orchestra and the Hoy Shanty Crew.   Bobs Barbershop and Inspire Theatre Collective will be strolling and performing around the Old Town.   Take a seat, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the show.

Father Clive Hillman from St Clements Church will be blessing the catch as it comes in and a chance to buy the freshest fish of the day!

Then there is TS Implacable and the Sea Cadet Corps on Bell Wharf; exhibitions from the Port of London Authority; artefacts from the “London”, which was wrecked in the estuary in 1665; a 5ft replica sailing barge; the Police launch; Endeavour; live music at the Peterboat; Scott & Stapleton stocks; the … oh just come on down and have a great day!

Feel free to come along in nautical themed dress to add to the occasion.

The event ends at 4 pm.

 

Southend Barge Match on Sunday 28 August

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All about Rebekka and the everts of Denmark

Bent Overgaard has written to tell us about Rebekka of Fano, an historic evert of Denmark.

“The evert Rebekka of Fanø, is an historic vessel, originally built in 1921, on the Rebekka of Fano, evert of Denmarknorthern Wadden Sea island ‘Fanø’.   In 1996 she was thoroughly renovated by the present owner, the association: “Foreningen Everten Rebekka af Fanø”.   Her basic characteristics are: LOA 14.92 meters, B 4.75 meters, maximum draft fully loaded 1.48 meters and BT 16.1.

“The ship type ‘evert’ is one of the types of vessel which have been in use during the longest period of time, probably for close to 1000 years, until the 1940s.   It is a small vessel and is closely related to the Thames sailing barge, with a low draft, a flat bottom and leeboards, designed to carry relatively heavy loads in low depth tidal areas.   During low tide the evert, like the Thames sailing barge, is constructed to stand on its flat bottom on the beach without heeling over, making it approachable for cargo handling directly from shore.   This enables virtual door-to-door transport throughout the Wadden Sea and connected rivers, deltas and inland waterways.   As late as 1900 thousands of Thames sailing barges would perform similar services in the UK.

“The capabilities of the evert were crucial to the population and development of the south-eastern shores of the North Sea, along the Wadden Sea coast of Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands.    Thus, a city like Hamburg could not have thrived and grown had it not been for the evert’s unique ability to deliver food, building materials and other necessities to the growing city from the fertile tidal areas of the vast Elbe delta, and bringing manure back from the city.

“After having been one of the most numerous and important types of vessel along the entire Wadden Sea, only a few have been spared.   Rebekka is one of only three everts left in Denmark, and she is the only one still sailing.

“The purpose of the association Everten Rebekka af Fanø is to preserve the Rebekka as a sailing and fully functioning vessel, in order to convey this part of our cultural and maritime heritage, by making it possible to experience the vessel in its original environment.   At the same time, we provide a unique access to the Wadden Sea National Park.   Since June 2014 the park has constituted the Danish part of the UNESCO’s Wadden Sea World Heritage Site. “

For further information and membership: http://www.rebekkafanoe.dk

or e-mail:     EvertenRebekka@gmail.com

 

Simon North’s video of Owen Emerson

Simon North has put a nice video up on YouTube where he is in conversation with sb Whippet in MedwayOwen Emerson on board sb Whippet.

Here’s the link to it: