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Just 7 Days to go! Don’t miss the Show!

Just 7 days to go before The Thames Sailing Barge Trust and thfilm-show-poster-grey-v2-2-march-2017-updatee Society for Sailing Barge Research hold an Archive Thames Sailing Barge Film Evening on Saturday 11th March at Maldon Town Hall, Market Hill, Maldon.

Some of the films will not have been shown before.

The event is to raise funds for the SSBR and Thames Sailing Barge Trust.

Tickets are still available in advance and cost £7.00 per person.   Or on the evening they can be purchased for £8.00.

Doors open at 7:00 pm and the film show starts at 7:30 pm. There will be a real ale bar and teas and coffee. We will also hold a raffle.

To obtain tickets visit the Maldon Tourist Information Office, Wenlock Way, Maldon, or they can be obtained by post by sending a cheque payable to Thames Sailing Barge Trust and a self addressed envelope to:  John Rayment, 12 Wisdoms Green, Coggeshall, Colchester. Essex CO6 1SG.
Postal applications need to arrive before the 7th March, so tickets can be returned.

Thank you for your support.


Simon North’s video of Owen Emerson

Simon North has put a nice video up on YouTube where he is in conversation with sb Whippet in MedwayOwen Emerson on board sb Whippet.

Here’s the link to it:  


Centaur film show in Maldon on 7 March

Great opportunity to see the film of the Restoration of Centaur, and support the Thames Sailing Barge Trust’s work of maintaining its two barges, Centaur and Pudge.

Centaur Restoration Film Show (3)

Lighterman Tom

Mike Dawson contacted our Facebook page to let us see this lovely old British Pathe film of Robert Layton singing “Lighterman Tom” in 1933.    There are references to “Tilbury Town”, (of great interest to me), and shots of Thames barges on the river.   What a lovely old film!

Here’s the link.


New barge film project – about sb Victor

A new specially-produced video series has started on Shipping TV.   ????????????????????????????????????????Called “A year afloat with Victor”, it will follow sb Victor during 2015, which marks her 120th year.

The first part, filmed on 14th January 2015, has just been published.   It shows a trip for a group of RSPB birdwatchers who board at Harwich.

Here’s the link to Part 1.


Alex talks about his London River

The Visit London tourism site has a very nice film about the river, fronted by Alex Hickman who is a Thames Waterman and Lighterman now working as a Pier Controller for London River Services, part of Transport for London.

No mention of barges in particular, but a man with a real love of the river, its history and working on it today.

Here’s the link.

Bygones features Edith May

Annie Meadows, clever girl, has reminded us of this lovely programme, by the ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? old Anglia Television, called Bygones.   This edition features Hydrogen first, but then goes on to Edith May with some excellent footage from earlier days.   Here’s the link.

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