Jennifer thinks Thames bargemen are the best – especially her Dad!

We were delighted today to hear from Jennifer Franks.   This is what she says:-

“I am 68 now, but spent lots of time in my childhood on my Dad’s barge.   In those days there was the Azima, then later the Ardwina.   My brother was on the Pudge.  

“My Dad took part in lots of barge matches on the Sirdar and Mirosa, amongst others, and often sailed the Sirdar advertising Bell’s whisky.   In 1964, when the Queen opened the new Forth Bridge, my Dad sailed the Sirdar under it.   I’ve got the photos and newspaper reports.

“My Dad was fabulous and, as far as I am concerned, Thames bargemen are the best  –  after my Dad of course!”

 
 

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Posted on 12/08/2013, in Barge People, sb Ardwina, sb Azima, sb Mirosa, sb Pudge and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Your Dad would have known my grandfather Sid Butler who was the senior sailmaker at London & Rochester trading co and made the sails for the Sirdar which I went on as a kid,

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