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Next Barge Match - Thames June 25th

New barge Launched 29th May

Congratulations to TOPSAIL CHARTERS
Winners of the award for Best Small Attraction in the Essex Tourism and Hospitality Awards 2015, and Highly Commended as Small Visitor Attraction in the Visit England Awards 2015

THISTLE awarded National Historic Ships' Regional Flagship Winner

EDITH MAY Tea Room Open Friday-Sunday 10.30-1600, Lower Halstow

Barge Building tools in the Australian National Maritime Museum

Why not join the Tidal Thames Navigators Club run by the PLA. You don't have to own a boat or barge..

2015 Sailing Barge Championship Results

Visiting Maldon, try:
32 The Hythe for B&B or
S.B. Reminder for self-catering accommodation.

New: Westmoreland Trust

Poetry Corner

Thames Sailing Barges have a significant following for a variety of reasons. They were the workhorses of the East Coast before motorisation firstly in ships, but then subsequently on the roads gradually reduced their commercial viability.

A number of these vessels still survive in various roles, some fully active, others used as house barges or are awaiting restoration, while many are rotting away, abandoned in creeks long ago.

These pages are an attempt to utilise modern technology to promote these traditional craft.

Any comments about the pages as they develop are welcome. I'll be pleased to hear about your barging interests, and do let me know if you spot any errors, or have any updated information.

2016 Barge Match Dates:
Medway - 28th May
Blackwater - 11th June
Thames - 25th June
Passage - 9th July
Pin Mill - 16th July
Swale - 13th August
Whitstable - 20th August
Southend - 28th August (Sunday)
Colne - 10th September

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