Monthly Archives: November 2014

More updates on Where to see Sailing Barges

Hugh Perks cleans Cambria's brass

Hugh Perks cleans Cambria’s brass

There’s a further update to the new Where to see Sailing Barges page.                  

Hugh Perks provided some more information.   Tom Lagan, mate of sb Will, reminded me we had forgotten Will.   And I thought of a couple of others I had forgotten. 

So here’s the link to the updated page.

Where to see Sailing Barges in Kent and other places

After yesterday’s post of a list of places to see barges in Essex, we are now able to include

Dave Brooks

Dave Brooks

Kent and other places.   Dave Brooks has kindly given us a list of where in Kent sailing barges may be seen, and has added a few other places.

Here’s the link to the updated page. 

Where to see Sailing Barges

Don Wright, SSBR's Archivist.

Don Wright, SSBR’s Archivist.

At the last Committee meeting it was felt that people who like to see sailing barges, but
are not quite as involved as some of us, simply do not know where to go to have a good chance of seeing one. 

Our splendid Archivist, Don Wright, has put together a list of where to see Essex-based barges, and we have therefore put a new page on the blog showing the information.   We hope to add to it with the Kent locations soon. 

Click here for the “Where to see Sailing Barges” page.

 

Most powerful man in the world had to give way to Gladys

Good to see that even a US President, no doubt with a huge retinue of security,  has to recognize that a Thames sailing barge is more important:-

“Ships always have right of way.   That fact was made clear in 1997 when Bill Clinton’s presidential motorcade was split crossing Tower Bridge to allow the Thames sailing barge Gladys to pass as scheduled.   ‘We tried to contact the American Embassy, but they wouldn’t answer the ‘phone,’ said a Tower Bridge spokesman.”

Secret chuckle on reading this, which I found in a list of facts and figures about Tower Bridge.   Here’s the link to the story.

A bus once jumped a three-foot gap to cross the bridge

 

 

 

Learn more about sailing barges – join us in the SSBR

Want to know more about the beautiful Thames Sailing Barges, or do you know somebody who might?   For just £20.00 a year you can subscribe to the Society for Sailing Barge Research and receive our two excellent publications, Topsail and Mainsheet.   There are also some other publications by the Society for Sailing Barge Research which are sent out free to our members.   So if you would like to know more or are looking for an interesting Christmas/Birthday present why not sign up.

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