Category Archives: sb Westmoreland

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.

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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