Topsail Charters wins Pride of Maldon

Another award for Topsail Charters Ltd who, last Friday, won “Best Business Contribution to the Community” at the first Pride of Maldon awards.

The company commented: “For the past 31 years we have been a huge part of Maldon’s waterfront and riverside heritage.   As a Maldon family-owned business we take special pride in sourcing as much as we can from our local surroundings…..from our food suppliers in Maldon’s High Street, to our 34 local staff, our work with Plume School vocational students, and our new apprenticeships schemes.

“A huge thank you to everyone who continues to support us and for helping us win this award!”

Congratulations to all at Topsail Charters on this well-deserved award.

Steph getting the Pride of Maldon Award 2018 Pride of Maldon certificate 2018

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Trading Mates on Cambria

2017 was a quiet year for Cambria, which caused some level of worry.

2018 is proving much better.   Early in April the Sea-Change Sailing Trust started a charter of the barge for several months to be used for their work with young people and for other more unusual sails.

Top of the pile of such voyages must be the coming “Trading Mates on Cambria” weekend which will see Dick Durham and Phil Latham return to the barge where they spent long days as Mates in the last of the trading years in the 1960s.

And you can be part of that great experience by joining the barge for the weekend.   See below for full details and how to book.

Trading Mates on Cambria

Don’t forget it’s the TSBT Film Show on Sunday

This coming Sunday

Don’t forget the Film Show at Faversham

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Film Show at Maldon

Filmshow Poster Maldon Feb 2018

TSBT Film Show coming to Faversham

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The last Mate visits Cambria

David Rye drew my attention today, via Facebook, to a lovely film about Cambria, starring Dick Durham.

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.

Here’s the link to the film.

 

Decima braves a low bridge and reaches Dartford Lock

The Gravesend Reporter has an interesting article about the first Thames sailing barge to get

to Dartford Lock for a long time  –  certainly since the low bridge was built at Bob Dunn Way, and probably a good few years before that.

On Thursday of this week, 21st December, history was made when sb Decima made the journey along the creek, seemed to pass easily under the bridge and reached the lock.

Yes it seemed easy, but it followed a great deal of measuring and calculating to ensure she would fit under the bridge. 

Gravesham councillor Conrad Broadley said,  “We really take our hat off to the adventurous owner and skipper David Leal and Colin Robson respectively for having the bravery to make what is quite an epic journey into the unknown paving the way for future nautical visitors to the historic moorings at Dartford.”

The intention is that Decima will be open to the public on some days.

Here’s the link to the Gravesend Reporter story.     Photographs below are courtesy of Conrad Broadley.

Below is Conrad Broadley’s video of Decima passing under the low bridge, and there are a series of short videos of her negotiating the silted up creek and narrow entrance to the lock.   Here’s one of them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alice welcomes HMS Queen Elizabeth

The biggest warship built by Britain sailed into her home base of Portsmouth today, and, of course, there had to be a Thames sailing barge there to welcome her.   Here are some pictures of HMS Queen Elizabeth, bigger than a whole street of houses, with Alice.

The Bargees’ Cowes

32 “Thoroughbreds of the Tideway” compete in the 1928 Thames Sailing Barge Match  –  what a beautiful silent film.

 

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