“The Lady Daphne is now featured in my new book, The History Of St Katharine’s. I am launching the book and giving a talk on board The Lady Daphne on Monday 28th April from 5 to 7 pm. She is the perfect venue for this. If you would like to come along, tickets are £5 and available from email@example.com or my http://historyofthedocks.net “
The Eastender has a couple of nice pictures of Lady Daphne sailing past North Greenwich on Tuesday of last week.
Here’s the link to the story.
It was a great achievement to gather 16 barges for the Thames Match on Saturday. It would always have been a special occasion as the 150th anniversary of the first match, but was made more special – and more poignant – by the sudden death at the end of last year of Mark Boyle who had re-started the matches in the 1990s and done so much to drive them forward. All credit then to the Committee who picked up the reins, (oh dear, we are into horse metaphors now!), and provided such a special 2013 match. Not least, mention must be made of Richard Walsh, our own SSBR Vice Chairman, who stepped in as Match Secretary.
The weather was lovely for spectators and those taking part, but the lack of wind at the start caused big problems. This year the match finished at Erith rather than Gravesend and the winners of the three classes were:-
Coasting Class – Cambria
Champion Staysail Class – Niagara
Champion Bowsprit Class – Edme
SSBR Committee member and Cambria Trust Secretary, Dave Brooks, has published an excellent report of the match on the Cambria website. As he says, he had defected for the weekend to Lady Daphne, but he can’t resist watching out for Cambria! Here’s the link to the report on the Cambria Blog. The splendid picture was taken by Dave Brooks.
Lady Daphne, built in 1923 by Short Bros Ltd, was sold in 1996 to her present company. A massive restoration programme has taken place with considerable replacement of the structure and the internal fittings in the last two winter refits. All this work has been undertaken whilst building up a successful charter business, and competing in the annual Barge Matches.
Here’s the link to the advert.
The description says that the wooden spritsail Thames Sailing barge is for sale. She has steel masts and wooden topmast. At 27 metres in length, she is one of the largest in terms of volume. Lady Jean is a National Historic Ship and a sister ship to Lady Daphne. They were built in 1926 by Short Brothers of Rochester for Bradley of Rochester and named after his daughters. Although for part of her life she was called Sir Alan Herbert.
Previously used as a schoolship by the East Coast Sail Trust, she later became an artist’s studio and home. She has since undergone major restoration work including opening up the whole hold area to give a large living space, but there is still work to do.
The advertisement can be seen here.