Thames Sailing Barge Trust has asked for our help in finding information about and photographs of William (Bill) Watson. Here are the details:-
“Information Required – Can You Help? especially old London & Rochester Bargemen.
“The Thames Sailing Barge Trust is researching the life of William Watson who was skipper of sailing barge Pudge between January 1923 and December 1949, when it is believed he retired. He also took Pudge to Dunkirk.
“Bill Watson was born in Barling, but lived much of his life around Strood and Rochester working for the London & Rochester Barge Co. Ltd.
“At long last it has been discovered that Bill died on the 20th April 1964 at the age of 83. He was living on a houseboat called the Sinbad, which was moored by Canal Road, Strood.
“The Trust has only one photograph of him and is keen to find more.
“Any stories about his life, and in particular if anyone knew him between 1949 when he retired and his death in 1964, would be welcome, as would information about his boat Sinbad. The Trust has come across the name of Peter Joseph Davis who may have known him before he died. If anyone can help with information on this person, it would be appreciated.
If you can help in any way, please email John Rayment at firstname.lastname@example.org. THANK YOU”
Time to pack up at the end of a cold and tiring day. It was TSBT’s Open Day at Maldon Hythe Quay yesterday.
Large number of visitors enjoyed tea and home-made cakes on board sb Centaur and were no doubt pleased to sit down out of the wind for a while with a warming cuppa. Wonderful TSBT volunteers were showing adults, children and dogs round the barge. Funny to see little dogs with short legs not liking the steep slope up to the deck at high tide. Several stopped half way and didn’t want to move.
TSBT generously invited SSBR to have a table in their tent on the Quay. Don Wright and I talked to lots of visitors and acted as a Scooter Park for all the children, but sadly did not sell a single book! Still at least we were there showing the SSBR banner.
Sb Thistle went out for an afternoon sail to Osea. Here she is nearly home.
Pudge is going to the Ipswich Maritime Festival and you can visit her there on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th August. She will be moored at Orwell Quay, Ipswich, and will be open to the public from 10.30 to 18.00 each day. Entry on board is free, although donations to the Thames Sailing Barge Trust, which owns and maintains Pudge, will be very welcome and will go towards her upkeep.
If you’re in the Ipswich area this weekend, do pay Pudge a visit and find out about the story of her involvement at Dunkirk.
Here’s the link to the Maritime Festival’s website, which has all the details.
We’ve already posted about the Film Premiere on Saturday 7th March at Maldon Town Hall. What film? The premiere of Simon North’s film of the Restoration of Centaur. Scroll down the page to see the poster for the performance giving all details of the Premiere which is in aid of the Thames Sailing Barge Trust.
Now Simon has produced three trailers for the film show, and, having seen them, each of them is a beautiful piece of art in its own right. Here are the three trailers, the first introducing the film:
the second when the Lottery grant was awarded:
and the third showing Tim Goldsack, the Master Shipwright, at work with tar and horse manure:
Now go along to Maldon Town Hall on 7th March and see the whole thing – Enjoy!
Thames Sailing Barge Trust has been successful in obtaining funding of £100,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for sb Centaur to have a new outer bottom. The work will be done at Oare led by Tim Goldsack, and we are pleased to learn that it is intended to involve apprentice shipwrights once again.
Here’s the link to a video from Shipping TV telling the story.
(Photo courtesy of Thames Sailing Barge Trust)
UPDATE – There’s a nice report about this in the Chelmsford Weekly News, including a photograph of the Trust’s President, Chairman and Vice Chairman with local dignitaries.
Here’s the link to the report.