I’m beginning to think that someone on The Times’s editorial or photographic staff is a Thames barge fan.
Again today there is a superb barge picture, this time by John Lewington of barges in “a Thames barge race in Southend”. Difficult to work out from the description whether it is a Thames Match at Southend, or a Southend Match.
The photograph has been entered for the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society’s photography competition, now in its 179th year.
I often think that The Times doesn’t know this part of the world exists. But today they have done us proud. There’s a picture of The Maldon Mud Race last Sunday and a picture of sb Marjorie in the Medway Match last Saturday. Rob Powell’s picture I think, (please confirm). I like the caption too. It says “…. the Medway Barge Match, the first of seven races this summer which celebrate the historic role of barges.”