Gear-drop Volunteers October 2014 resting after a successful bit of mast-wrangling. I am delighted to have received a contribution to the blog and website for former Mate in Trade, Phil (Ginger) Latham. Phil got himself talked into helping out when Sea Change, in the Summer, made their heroic, 7-bridges trip up to Great Yarmouth and, even better, agreed to do us a write up. This write up is so generous... Read More

Yachting Monthly (MQ) Just in from the RSS feed (Yachting Monthly) a piece from Dick Durham saying that the rebuild of Medway Queen has “stalled” due to lack of funds. http://www.yachtingmonthly.com/news/537466/medway-queen-rebuild-stalls The Cambria Volunteers always felt as one with the ‘Medway Queen lot’ and members of their team were regularly dropping in on us as we rebuilt,... Read More

Golden Miller We don’t hear much from Restoration Project Manager, William Collard these days, but he occasionally pings stuff into my email and when he does it is often to pass me a real gem. During the rebuild phase we had found a horseshoe screwed to the front of the wheelhouse and when the wheelhouse was rebuilt we were careful to reinstate the shoe but curious as to how it had come to be... Read More

This just in from Richard Walsh On the Blocks at Pinmill “A new book which covers barges, steam coasters and the motor ships of Cambria’s builder F T Everard, which were served aboard by Charlie Fielder ‘between the wars’ publishes later this month. A collaborative venture between SSBR and Chaffcutter Books, the book, entitled The Prowess of Charlie Fielder, has half a dozen short... Read More

This just in from Dave Brooks. Sailing Opportunities on Cambria Sailing Opportunity Sail on Britain’s most unique classic sailing vessel, Cambria, famed for being the last ever British registered sailing vessel to carry cargo under sail alone. Enjoy the experience of sailing without an engine. 27th and 28th Sept 2014    Short Weekend Sail Muster at Gillingham Pier Kent 1.00pm for 3.00pm depart... Read More

Barnet Hill Lifeboat Crew Well, our brief and lovely ‘holiday’ in St Kat’s Marina is all over, and the barge locked out on Wednesday morning early, got tugged down to below the barrier, and set sail in a favourable wind (Skipper Ian Ruffles had said “I don’t mind a bit of North but I don’t want anything with an ‘E’ on the front of it!”) for Gravesend... Read More

Cambria at Night At least once a year I like to get back to the UK and clap eyes and hands on Cambria and any other barges I can locate. Last year and this, my opportunity came as she was moored up in St Katharine Docks as part of the Classic Boat Festival which was, in turn, part of Bo-Jo’s “Totally Thames” event. There are other barges ‘living’ in St Kat’s (Adieu,... Read More

Just in from Dave Brooks on Facebook “Cambria will be leaving Gravesend on the 9th Sept at 5.00 am in the morning to travel up to St Katharine Dock. There are a limited number of places priced £75.00. Travel up the Thames and a chance of seeing some of the Tall Ships. Email Cambria Trust for further details on CambriaTrustSecretary@live.co.uk” A bit short notice and a nice early start... Read More

Faversham Creek Hotel Signage I apologise for the lack of postings on here for a couple of weeks – the barge has been properly busy on a mission to Great Yarmouth under the Skippership of Richard Titchener of the Sea Change Sailing Trust but the reporting suffered a techie problem and was not able to supply me with the usual “Cambria Watch” stories. I hope you were able to pic up... Read More

Just into Face book from Sea Change….. “Sea-Change to visit Norwich A voyage to Norwich might have been routine in the 1940s but today it is less simple, getting all the 7 road and rail bridges between Gt. Yarmouth and Norwich to open for the first time in years will be quite a trick and the Thames sailing barge Cambria will have to lower both masts to pass under the A47 Southern bypass.... Read More