Thames Sailing Barge Home Page.
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Sailing Barges have a significant following for a variety of reasons.
were the workhorses of the East Coast before motorisation firstly in
ships, but then subsequently on the roads gradually reduced their commercial
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.
2017 Barge Match Dates:
Medway - 3rd June
Blackwater - 17th June
Passage - 24th June
Pin Mill - 1st July
Thames - 15th July
Swale - 29th July
Southend - 27th August (Sunday)
Colne - tbc