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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

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.


Dick and Jimmy at Southend

This great picture was taken by Annie Meadows at the Southend Barge Match last Sunday.   Dick Durham and Jimmy Lawrence look like they’ve enjoyed the day.

Cambria’s aft cabin lamp back in place

A nostalgic piece of Cambria’s history was hung back in place this afternoon. The Aft cabin lamp that can be seen in a picture that appears in Dick Durham’s ‘The Last Sailorman’ and the Maritime Trust Pamphlet about the Cambria has been restored by Project Manager William Collard. It was donated some years ago and William has sourced new wicks from Ebay of all places, along with a new shade from an antique shop in Shropshire and a lamp chimney from Weymouth. He had a hole that had been used to run electric flex welded up in the font to restore it to its original state and this afternoon it burned brightly once again in the cabin it first shone in many moons ago.

Photograph & Story  –  Dave Brooks

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