Monthly Archives: April 2013

Dave finds the Northdown

You can’t keep a Barge Nut down!   

Julie may have taken Dave Brooks off to France on holiday, but guess what he finds?   Yes, a barge;  to be precise the Northdown at Port Musee Douarnenez — in Douarnenez, Bretagne.    Here’s the series of pictures he took:-

Northdown under covers

Northdown under covers

Northdown under covers

Northdown under covers














Northdown's Transom

Northdown’s Transom

Northdown's Spars

Northdown’s Spars




and a reminder of where this one goes!

and a reminder of where this one goes!


Open Days on Centaur and Pudge

The Thames Sailing Barge Trust will be holding two Open Days on Sunday 5th May Pudge 12th March 2012 (27)and Monday 6th May.

Why not visit them at Maldon Quay and have a guided tour of their two Thames Barges, Pudge and Centaur.

Admission is free, but donations will be gratefully received to help keep the barges sailing.

Sunday 5th May  –  The world Centaur (TSBT photofamous Maldon Mud Race takes place so there will be lots to see and do.   Barges open from 11 am.

Monday 6th May  –  There will be shanty singers performing on board throughout the day.   Barges open from 10.30am.

There will be displays showing the work of the Thames Sailing Barge Trust on board and refreshments will be available.

The Trust looks forward to welcoming you aboard.

An interview with Derek “Spearo” Ling – Barge Master

Thanks to Ian Ruffles for drawing our attention to this lovely video of Derek “Spearo” Derek Spearo LingLing and his barging life.

The story of Spearo is filmed by his son-in-law, Chris Rudland, who says “Spearo is my father-in-law and I have so often listened to his stories over the years but thought now is the time to catch them on tape for posterity so I had a go knowing Spearo wouldn’t disappoint me.    I have an interest in this generation and greatly admire their knowledge, wisdom and experiences especially throughout the war years.”

Part 1 is here                            

Part 2 is here

Part 3 is here

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