Category Archives: sb Repertor
I’m very sorry there have been no posts on The Barge Blog since August. September, October and most of November are my busiest months in “real life” and I just don’t have the time to deal with it, although I do manage the occasional post to the Society’s Facebook page.
Members of the Society should now have received the autumn edition of our excellent magazine Mainsheet – and if you aren’t a member and don’t have Mainsheet then you’re really missing something. Mainsheet contained the news that Hugh Perks has stood down from the Committee of SSBR. We are all very sad that he has come to this decision, although we understand his reasons. Hugh is a founder member of the Society, has held office and has brought his vast knowledge of maritime subjects to our deliberations and indeed to our publications.
Thankfully, Hugh has said that he intends to continue to bombard us with letters, notes, corrections, etc, to keep the Committee on its toes. And as good as his word, he has sent us this splendid photograph of sb Tollesbury. He says:- “Tollesbury is now based at Standard Quay, Faversham, as her former berth at Barking is no longer available. She is looking very smart and well painted up. Her mast and topmast need attention, but the sprit is newly painted. The foliage in pots on the decks and hatches surely qualifies her for the “Valdora Trophy”. Old timers may remember Valdora the ‘flowerpot’ barge at Great Yarmouth in the early 1950s.
“Also at Standard Quay is sb Decima, sporting somewhat virulent green paint in places, and sb Repertor is berthed opposite. “
There are lots of pictures, and we learn about the history of Repertor and how she came to be bought by her present owner, David Pollock, seen here on board. His daughter, Amy, also recalls how she and her brothers spent much of their childhood on Repertor.
This is the link to the story.
Interesting new idea from sb Repertor. At her base in St Katherine’s Dock, London, she will be offering a Cinema Club.
This is something new, so the website doesn’t have a lot of content at the moment – no programme or gallery yet – but it does explain what it is all about. Called Floating Films and run by volunteers, it will show a wide selection of films, including features and documentaries, as well as special screenings with live music accompaniment and talks with key industry guests.
As a not-for-profit film club there will be a suggested donation of £5, and up to 40 people can be accommodated. So with limited space it will be necessary to book in advance. The bar will be open, and guests are invited to stay on after the screening for discussion or just to enjoy the atmosphere.
The club hopes to raise the profile of the survival of the barge fleet and this forgotten part of London history, whilst providing a unique arts venue for independent film events.
Here’s a screen capture of the website, and this is the link to it.
The summer barge matches are under way and Ed Gransden tells me a bit about the Passage Match, as viewed from Edith May.
Edith May was officially first over the start line as Lady of the Lea and Ardwina went over seconds before the gun. Edith May took the lead down the Thames and held it, going well throughout the day to be first barge into Harwich Harbour. Even though she had to do a dog leg as she passed a buoy the wrong side, she still managed to win by a comfortable margin. Repertor and Ardwina followed with Lady of the Lea bringing up the rear.
(Words and picture by Dave Brooks)
Busy weekend in the barge world.
Cambria left dry dock at Faversham yesterday, and here’s Repertor already on the way to take her place in the dry dock.
Meanwhile today more work is done on Cambria, and here’s Tim Goldsack working on her new bowsprit.
At the other great home of barges, Maldon, the Quay saw Kitty getting attention. JP Lodge says “…lowering down, sanding and painting the topmast truck, preparing to rig out and heave up maybe next weekend.”
Photographs by Dave Brooks