David Rye and Niagara

Niagara under construction at Hoo. Picture by David Rye. As well as the Dave Brooks stuff on the newly restored barge Niagara, I received some nice picture of her under construction in Hoo Marina.  As David says, “My cousin took me to Hoo (and other places of barge interest) last summer. As you may know the ‘Marina’ is interesting to say the least including the rather rickety structures. After insisting to speak to the owner personally... Read More

Nick Ardley’s Swale

Barge and sailing book author and friend of the Cambria, Nick Ardley is first off the marks this time with his report and some superb pictures of the Swale Match yesterday. I publish here a love photo of Repertor and the newly restored barge Niagara crossing the line, borrowed from Nicks’s lovely website http://www.nickardley.com/ but I’ll leave it to you to nip across there and ‘read all about it’ and look through the excellent... Read More

Niagara’s back!

Eagle eyed roving reporter, Dave Brooks spots the SB Niagara back on the water and sailing again after a complete restoration after 70 years laid up. As Frank Spice (snr) puts it, “Its nice to see some of the old girls coming back after all these years” and Martin Phillipd says “Welcome Back!”. Thanks too, to Dave B for this nice picture of her out there doing her stuff.  In the latest from ‘Cambria Watch’ by Hilary... Read More

Niagara’s back….

On “Cambria Watch” today with Hilary Halajko as ‘Kate Humble’, Hilary reports that Cambria left Brightlingsea bound for Harwich fine, but the pub were not ready for the delivery as they were awaiting a horse and cart. Therefore the crew had to sail Cambria back to the Colne and Pyfleet. This was a cracking sail in which Hilary described the Cambria as “going like a train”. Our Generator room is proving to be a useful drying area after... Read More