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Information wanted about William (Bill) Watson

Thames Sailing Barge Trust has asked for our help in finding information about and photographs of William (Bill) Watson.   Here are the details:-

“Information Required  –  Can You Help?   especially old London & Rochester Bargemen.

“The Thames Sailing Barge Trust is researching the life of William Watson who was skipper of sailing barge Pudge between January 1923 and December 1949, when it is believed he retired.    He also took Pudge to Dunkirk.

“Bill Watson was born in Barling, but lived much of his life around Strood and Rochester working for the London & Rochester Barge Co. Ltd.

“At long last it has been discovered that Bill died on the 20th April 1964 at the age of 83.   He was living on a houseboat called the Sinbad, which was moored by Canal Road, Strood.

“The Trust has only one photograph of him and is keen to find more.

“Any stories about his life, and in particular if anyone knew him between 1949 when he retired and his death in 1964, would be welcome, as would information about his boat Sinbad.    The Trust has come across the name of Peter Joseph Davis who may have known him before he died.   If anyone can help with information on this person, it would be appreciated.

If you can help in any way, please email John Rayment at editor@bargetrust.org.      THANK YOU”

We’ve missed seeing you

Yesterday should have been the Annual General SSBR Trophies at 2014 AGM, Leigh-on-SeaMeeting of the Society for Sailing Barge Research, which would have been at Leigh-on- Sea.

For now we have had to postpone and we all go on in our present posts.   The Society is solvent and membership subscriptions have come in well despite all the difficulties.  Members will have received the recent excellent Spring issue of Mainsheet, which Charles must be complimented for putting together against all odds and Studio Six must be complimented for getting it out in the DSCF1059 SSBR Bannerpost.  Richard is at work on this year’s Topsail although I guess he may have problems in obtaining some of the pictures, etc, he needs.  Nevertheless, knowing Richard, he will overcome those problems.   Tim has been busy banking subscriptions  and keeping our accounts in order and John deals with queries from members, the public, TV companies and learned institutions.   We all work from home except Don, our Archivist.   These days he can do much of the cataloguing  from home, but anything else would involve a journey from Maldon to North Fambridge, impossible in the lockdown but perhaps allowable now.   He would certainly be alone at the Archive.   Visitors would not be possible.   It is so crammed with our over 35,000 items that no way could anyone else be two metres apart.

Between us we will continue to look after the Society, and we look forward to seeing everyone when conditions permit.

New Barge of the Month published today

The Barge of the Month for May is published today.   Click on the Barge of the Month page to see it.

Blackwater Match cancelled for this year

In a statement today Jim Dines, on behalf of the Committee Blackwater Match photo incl Edmeof the Blackwater Smack and Barge Match Association, has announced that this year’s Blackwater Smack and Barge Match has been cancelled.   Although we shall all be disappointed, it is not unexpected and was clearly the best thing to do.   Here is the text of the announcement:-

“It is with great reluctance that the Committee of the Blackwater Smack and Barge Match Association have decided to cancel this years Smack and Barge Match that was to be held on the 13th of June,   We felt in light of the current situation that this was the best decision and we will concentrate on 2021.

“We wish you all well in these strange times and hope to see you out sailing when the restrictions are reduced.

“Please pass this on to all those in the Smack and Barge community and share please.”

New Barge of the Month published today

The Barge of the Month for April is published today.   Click on the Barge of the Month page to see it.

Classic Boat Awards 2020

Some great news in these difficult times

It has been announced today that two of the fleet are winners in classes of the Classic Boat Awards 2020.

sb Blue Mermaid has been named as Traditional New Build of the Year, and sb Greta has been named as Centenarian of the Year.

Congratulations to them both.

Here’s the link to the story.

                           

Film Show Cancelled

EVENT CANCELLED
Because of the current issues around Coronavirus, the Thames Sailing Barge Trust and the Society for Sailing Barge Research have decided to CANCEL this Saturday’s Film Show.
Please accept our apologies.   We will try to rearrange at a later date.

Film show cancellation 2020

Roll on Springtime with Team Raybel

The project for the restoration of sb Raybel has an interesting blog on its website.   The spring newsletter has been posted this week and is full of information about progress, equipment and helpers, as well, of course, as asking for volunteers.   Well worth a read.

Here’s the link

Raybel and Museum March 2020

New Barge of the Month published today

The Barge of the Month for March is published today.   Click on the Barge of the Month page to see it.

Another great barge film show coming up

SSBR and TSBT are pleased to announce there will be another barge film show in Maldon on Saturday 21st March.

Archive Sailing Barge Film Show

In aid of Thames Sailing Barge Trust and Society for Sailing Barge Research

Tickets £8.00 on the door or in advance from TSBT, 25 Repertor Drive, Maldon, CM9 6FQ. Send cheque payable to Thames Sailing Barge Trust and stamped addressed envelope.

Bar will be open and there will be a raffle.    All profits will be shared between TSBT & SSBR

Doors open 7:00 for 7:30pm;  evening finishes around 10:30pm.

Film show 2020

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