Not long to wait now for the Barge film show at Faversham.
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.
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.
32 “Thoroughbreds of the Tideway” compete in the 1928 Thames Sailing Barge Match – what a beautiful silent film.
We reported in April that sb Reminder had been named by National Historic Ships as its Regional Flagship of the Year 2017 for East Anglia.
Now Reminder has been presented with her broad pennant by National Historic Ships at Maldon.
This is a marvellous film of the 2017 Thames Match made by Harley Deards. Congratulations Harley, this is one well worth keeping.
We shall also be having some other films from him during the year.
We were delighted that Hugh Perks was able to come along to the SSBR Annual General Meeting this year, and even more delighted that he managed to get to the Medway Barge Match on 3rd June 2017.
As usual, he has taken some excellent pictures and was kind enough to let me have three of them for The Barge Blog. So here are Mirosa; Niagara and Edith May; and Edme.