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I often think that The Times doesn’t know this part of the world exists. But today they have done us proud. There’s a picture of The Maldon Mud Race last Sunday and a picture of sb Marjorie in the Medway Match last Saturday. Rob Powell’s picture I think, (please confirm). I like the caption too. It says “…. the Medway Barge Match, the first of seven races this summer which celebrate the historic role of barges.”
Some of us have been following with great interest sb Decima’s risky but brave journey up to the lock at Dartford Creek, where she has been during the winter.
This weekend there’s a chance to see Decima and to have a great day out at the Dartford Nautical Festival. It’s on Sunday 27th May starting at 1pm. Here are the details.
I hadn’t seen the film before and it’s absolutely fascinating. There are some great pictures of Cambria, below deck, as she is now and some old pictures too including some nice shots of Bob Roberts.
Dick tells some wonderful stories about his fourteen months as the last Mate of Cambria when she was in trade. He was a handsome young man of 18 at the time.
A bit of a treat this afternoon, Saturday 2 January.
On the Quest TV channel the programme “Salvage Squad” is on for most of the day.
And at 4 pm it will be showing an episode about Lee Hurst and his team working on a Thames Sailing Barge. This is a repeat, previously shown in 2002.
At almost 90 feet long, the 1906 wooden sb Ena is the largest challenge the squad has tackled, and the barge has to be re-decked in a month.
This will give real-life barge restorers the chance to watch, laugh, and perhaps criticize – what a treat!
QUEST TV CHANNEL – SATURDAY 2 JANUARY
4 pm to 5 pm SALVAGE SQUAD
If you have Freeview, then Quest is Channel Number 37.
We’ve added to our list of videos the lovely film made by Chriss Hallam
of the 2015 Medway Barge Match. He was on board sb Cambria, so there are some good shots of her deck, rigging, and so on, including a nice one of Skipper Ian at the wheel. We like the music too!
The 48th London & Middlesex Archaeological Society Local History Conference will have as its theme The River and Port of London.
The Conference will be held at the Museum of London on Saturday 16th November, from 10.30 to 4.00pm.
Tickets available via http://www.lamas.org.uk/localhistory2013
with payment through Paypal or by cheque payable to LAMS with SAE, from Eleanor Stanier, 48 Coval Road, London SW14 7RL. The fee including tea & biscuits is £15.
UPDATE – This Conference has proved so popular that tickets have sold out, but there may be a few returns available on the door.