Category Archives: Lower Halstow

Westmoreland’s return to Lower Halstow

Here’s the report on “Kent on-line” of sb Westmoreland’s return to Lower Halstow.

The report also gives details of how to donate towards her restoration.

Edith May from above, on her Open Day

Edith May reports that the Open Days at Halstow Dock over the weekend went well.   They welcomed back some of their regulars to the tea room, and were pleased to meet plenty of new visitors.

David Horobin flew over the barge on Saturday and took this great aerial shot.

Memories of Memory

Frances Dalesman, who volunteered on sb Memory in 1961, has contacted us asking for information about her.

Our splendid Hon Secretary, John White, has come up trumps again, and has provided the following which has been passed on to Frances direct.   We thought, though, that it was a story which others might like to read.

“The Sailing Barge Preservation Society bought Memory in 1958 to keep alive the sight of a working sailing barge, but, following a collision in the Thames, she was taken to a yard at Grays where it was found that there was considerably more rot in her timbers than had been thought.    There was little money in the Trust to repair her, so she was laid up at Lower Halstow, finally being sold when there were no further funds forthcoming.  In 1968 the owners became Fellowship Afloat and she was used as a base to teach youngsters to sail.   She was badly damaged by fire at Tollesbury in 1990.   In 1991 Memory was bought  by Peter Sands with a view to restoring her, but she was hulked at Tollesbury, O.S. Ref: TL.969.109. 4/11/1999 Register closed, not renewed.”


Support for Westmoreland

The Thames Sailing Barge Westmoreland now has her own Facebook page.    Please “like” it and show support for her restoration at Lower Halstow.

Support the Westmoreland!

Thames Sailing Barge ‘Westmoreland’

The last surviving Kent brick barge and famous racer, Westmoreland has lain derelict for 40 years.     A Heritage Lottery Bid is now underway to save her.

Update on a home for Westmoreland’s restoration

Dave Brooks has started a thread on the Lower Halstow parish website, urging the Council to allow Westmoreland to return home.

If you agree, please put a comment on the thread started by Dave, which is at:

The more comments we can generate, the more it will send a message to the Council.

You can read the whole story here:


Save the Barge “WESTMORELAND” says Roger on

There’s news about the present plight of Westmoreland in a post by Roger on the Web Forum,  

He writes that Geoff Gransden, who is Project Manager for Westmoreland’s restoration, had hoped to carry out the work at Lower Halstow, her home port for sixty years.

After Colin Frake bought her, some immediate repairs were carried out at Standard Quay, Faversham, but she had to move from there.   At present she is in a lighter at Otterham.   A lottery bid is being made for funding to carry out the restoration.

Lower Halstow Parish Council was asked to agree to the restoration of Westmoreland being carried out at the dock.   There is apparently considerable public support in the village for Westmoreland to “come home”.   At first the Parish Council was split on whether to give permission, but now its members have voted unanimously to refuse, so Westmoreland has no base for her restoration.

Roger is asking for support in trying to change the Parish Council’s decision.   Here’s the link to the story:;topicseen

Roger also gives some websites where well-wishers can record their views, and here they are:-

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