Spring Maintenance

New kitchen; Pic by Ian Ruffles Today’s pics are both by Ian Ruffles. You can see that the winter has been fruitfully spent changing the galley area around, extending the worktops and cupboards. This to help make the galley more fit for creating the large amounts of servings of, for example, breakfast when the bigger parties of sail trainees are on board. The poly-tunnel part of our winter work, though, is nearly done and Dave Brooks has posted... Read More

Date for your Diaries

Nautical Festival. Poster borrowed from Facebook feed of Griselda Cann-Mussett A date for your diary if you can be anywhere near our home port of Faversham in July, the 2014, this year’s Faversham Nautical Festival. This is once more the product of the Kentish Sail Association and takes place on Sat/Sun the 12th and 13th of July. More info on the Kentish Sail website, to which I will put a link on our Useful Links page.  Read More

Restoration Video Now on Sale

Cambria’s Hold during Restoration (Dec 2010); Picture by Matt Care Tonight I bring you news of a HUGE treat which you might like to avail yourselves of.  Thanks mainly to Mark Chapman you can now buy aboard, for the very attractive price of just £10 a DVD of the Restoration of Cambria. Throughout the build and before, Mark was frequently all over the barge armed with a video camera and has hours (probably days, even weeks!) of footage starting... Read More

Faversham Stories

It is a bit of a Faversham based post today starting with the fact that I have now received and been able to watch my copy of the latest film by Mike Maloney of ‘Red Sails’ fame; this one called Visions of a Creek. In this, which was never intended originally as a DVD for sale they tell the story of the controversial saga of Faversham’s Standard Quay being pretty much closed down as a barge-repair and maintenance centre (all be it... Read More

Notice of AGM

The New Cabin in Cambria’s hold under construction, Picture by Dave Brooks. From the Trust today comes notice of our AGM. This is your chance as a ‘stake holder’ in the barge and her goings on, to have your say in how she is run and what we are doing with her. You will also be able to meet and greet the Trust officials and hear reports on the Financial Situation and the state of play of Cambria (The Business). Boss of Volunteers,... Read More

Call to Arms

Duvets and bedding stowed below in black bags in a cabin to keep dry. Picture by Basil Brambleby As our picture shows, it’s not all getting cold and wet, struggling with ropes in a force 8. Cambria is now back in Faversham and being snugged down ready for the winter. This post is a call to arms for any Volunteers who have time over the various weekends to come and help out including doing this simple cleaning, tidying and stowing, in this case,... Read More

Painting Volunteers Needed

Webbing; Picture by Matt Care It’s that time of year again. Now that the barge is back in Faversham for the winter we have a need again for pairs of hands to do a bit of painting. Please if you have an hour or so free on any weekends through the winter, join our happy crew and come down to help get the barge ready for the next season. You can contact us via the email address (CambriaTrustSecretary@live.co.uk) or, if you’re in the area,... Read More

One Final Charter

Gravesend Chart; Picture by Matt Care Cambria is now getting readied for her final charter (as far as we know at present) of 2012. These last three are the Young Carer ones sponsored by The Rotary Club, the first two (now completed) were skippered by Ian Ruffles, the final one this weekend will have our Master Shipwright, Tim Goldsack in charge. After the weekend sail they will finish up in Faversham where the barge will be prepared for winter and... Read More

New Roof!

Good progress on the Purifier Building on Faversham Creek, new home for a Maritime Trades Apprenticeship scheme and workshop, organised by the Faversham Creek Trust, whose website today carries a picture of the new roof. This is, I think, the old metal frames of the old roof taken down, restored and repaired, then re-installed and a new skin put on. New roof on the Purifier building in Faversham, photo buy the Faversham Creek Trust. There is a nice... Read More

Orinoco Storm

Orinoco Storm; Storm over Sheppey pictured from SB Orinoco I was impressed by this fantastic photo taken by one of the Crew on SB Orinoco (Sorry, not sure who) who captioned it “Thunderstorm rolling over Sheppey whilst we sit in the sunshine.” Orinoco have kindly allowed me to reproduce it here. Orinoco are, of course, old friends and fellow Faversham-based bargemen. I do not think they have their own website, but they do have a Facebook... Read More