Monthly Archives: March 2014

Any pictures of Arrow?

Dick Palmer has contacted us to ask if anybody knows what happened to sb Arrow.   The splendid  Sailing Barge Compendium, produced for the Society by John White in 2012, shows that Arrow became a barge yacht and was eventually buried at Titchmarsh Marina, Walton Backwaters.

Dick tells us that he sailed on her in 1961/62, and he asks if there are any pictures of Arrow anywhere.

Dinah at St Kat’s

Tim Kent has taken these pictures of Dinah at St Katherine’s Dock. He says:-

“We’ve been joined at St Kat’s by the very cute miniature barge Dinah.”

 with Paul and Jasmine Armour-Marshall

Ironsides – out of dry dock and sailing in 2014 season

At last week’s SSBR Committee meeting we talked about sb Ironsides and heard that Toby Lester, owner of Ironsides, hoped to have her sailing again this summer, with more restoration work after that.   A lot of new steel has been put into the barge.

Today the Ironsides Facebook page has noted that she is about to come out of dry dock and has published a series of photos of the restoration.   It says:-

“Ironsides  –  So far this has been a very busy week as we are due to leave the dry dock next week, so lots of anti-foul and painting has been done inside and out, but hopefully she is now looking smart.    Next job the rigging.  “

Here are the facts about Ironsides  –  Staysail Class;  Bob:- Swallowtail with ‘tower’ emblem on blue ground.   Official No 112710, 78 ton;  Built of Dutch iron at West Thurrock in 1900 by Clarke  & Stanfield;  85 x 20.3 x 6.4.    Owned by A.P.C.M. and sold to L.R.T.C. in 1928;  she was converted to a motor barge in 1938 and traded to northern France.    She was sold to Alan Reekie in 1968;   re-rigged at Brentford and became a successful racing and charter barge.    Afterwards owned by Mark Tower, she was based at Maldon / St Katherine’s.   From 2003 she has been at Faversham for refitting.   Now owned by Toby Lester and Linda Hoy who plan to have her sailing this year after an extensive refurbishment to her hull, deck and topsides.

We wish Toby and Ironsides all the best for the sailing season.

Photos courtesy of sb Ironsides.