Here’s the report on “Kent on-line” of sb Westmoreland’s return to Lower Halstow.
The report also gives details of how to donate towards her restoration.
Of course the despicable people who stole from a barge wouldn’t know that one of the laptops contained such precious material, but any theft is distressing for the victims. We give below the message that Ed Gransden has posted, and urge everyone to spread the word. We are truly sorry to learn of the loss of these Edith May restoration photos.
Ed Gransden says –
“HELP! On Wednesday 25th July, at 1930hrs, two laptops (Sony Vaio and HP) were stolen from sailing barge Edith May at Lower Halstow. Reward offered for safe return of the HP laptop, which contains irreplaceable photos of the Edith May’s restoration and relaunch. Please call 07814 950442 with any information. Please repost to spread the message!”
Frances Dalesman, who volunteered on sb Memory in 1961, has contacted us asking for information about her.
Our splendid Hon Secretary, John White, has come up trumps again, and has provided the following which has been passed on to Frances direct. We thought, though, that it was a story which others might like to read.
“The Sailing Barge Preservation Society bought Memory in 1958 to keep alive the sight of a working sailing barge, but, following a collision in the Thames, she was taken to a yard at Grays where it was found that there was considerably more rot in her timbers than had been thought. There was little money in the Trust to repair her, so she was laid up at Lower Halstow, finally being sold when there were no further funds forthcoming. In 1968 the owners became Fellowship Afloat and she was used as a base to teach youngsters to sail. She was badly damaged by fire at Tollesbury in 1990. In 1991 Memory was bought by Peter Sands with a view to restoring her, but she was hulked at Tollesbury, O.S. Ref: TL.969.109. 4/11/1999 Register closed, not renewed.”
The Thames Sailing Barge Westmoreland now has her own Facebook page. Please “like” it and show support for her restoration at Lower Halstow.
Support the Westmoreland!
Dave Brooks has started a thread on the Lower Halstow parish website, urging the Council to allow Westmoreland to return home.
If you agree, please put a comment on the thread started by Dave, which is at: http://www.lowerhalstowpc.kentparishes.gov.uk/default.cfm?pid=messages&threadid=3879
The more comments we can generate, the more it will send a message to the Council.
You can read the whole story here: https://sailingbarges.wordpress.com/2012/04/08/save-the-barge-westmoreland-says-roger-on-rootschat-com/