Phil Latham Serial (Part 2)

Prowess book Fair play to the SSBR who this year gave to all subscribers (Yes, even overseas me!)  a free hardback book. This “The Prowess of Charlie Fielder” is by David G Wood and Richard J Walsh is nominally worth £13.50, so the Society is giving you most of your subscription back. That has got to count as generosity indeed. The book, latest publication from the Chaffcutter stable was born out of an amazing find/save by family members... Read More

Richard Walsh new book news!

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 mentions of Cambria and a couple of pictures of... Read More

Centre Fold

Thank you to both Skipper Ian Ruffles and barge book author Nick Ardley for your clarifications on the role of the long-stay in barge rigging. Thanks too, Ian for today’s beautiful picture of Cambria moored off Gillingham in the Medway, at sunset. Our new 3rd-hand, Reggie put this one up on Facebook (from where I nabbed it!) and promises to look out and take more for us. Cambria moored in a Medway sunset; picture by Skipper Ian Ruffles. Onto... Read More

Floating Films – SB Repertor

Floating Films advert from SB Repertor; screen grab from The Barge Blog (SSBR) by Matt Care Tonight an un-ashamed “borrow” from ‘The Barge Blog’, Tricia Gurnett’s diary from the SSBR (Thank you Trish!) covering a nice and very new idea from SB Repertor, now a St Katharine Dock resident having given up on Faversham’s moorings. “Interesting new idea from SB Repertor”, says Tricia, ” At her base in... Read More

340 to 152!

I usually shy away from blogging anything controversial or political as I am always shy of anyone thinking that it is Cambria Trust policy or opinion I am quoting. I am definitely not – these opinions in here are purely personal and I am speaking for myself only, all be it they will sometimes coincide. SB Westmoreland is rescued from the mud in Faversham in April 2011; pic by MC I am, however, very happy to report a bit of news from the long... Read More

Frank Thompson

Sadly, another piece of bad news to relate just before the year closes, the passing away on Boxing Day of Frank Thompson. I have to admit I did not know this gentleman but many of you may have done. The news in this case comes from SSBR’s Tricia Gurnett once more, in “The Barge Blog” at http://sailingbarges.wordpress.com/ saying ” We have more sad news to record, with the death suddenly on Boxing Day 2012 of Frank Thompson,... Read More

Topsail No 46

On Cambria’s Deck and enjoying a cup of coffee, Blogger Matt Care in September 2012; Pic by Matt Care. It’s always a thrill when Topsail magazine (it’s more like a book these days!) arrives in the post, and my No 46, December 2012 arrives this morning – almost coinciding with the 12:12 12/12/12 moment which we were all alerted to by the local Radio station. This one is as good as ever and is , as always, choc-a-bloc full of... Read More

The Compendium is Here

SSBR Compendium, photo by Matt Care Yay! By the miracle of the Irish postal system (which is, let me add, streets ahead of the UK in terms of rapidity, I was amazed to find) I have received my copy of “The Thames Sailing Barge Compendium” (Compiled by John White, Ed by Richard Walsh and pub Society for Sailing Barge Research, ISBN 978-0-9500515-7-4, 2012). At £20 a go, this is not cheap, but it is a hefty tome crammed with facts and figures,... Read More

Swanscombe development?

New frequent correspondent and now Ace Ferretter-out of interesting barge related stories, spotted this interesting item about a possible development in the “Disneyworld” stylee, on the banks of the Thames.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-19867695 The plan is apparently to build on the peninsular a £2 billion resort about which the report says ” Developers have been granted a licence from Paramount Pictures to use its... Read More

Autumn 2012 Mainsheet

The latest edition of that superb magazine ‘Mainsheet’ arrives through the post to me here in Ireland. These are always excellent and always most welcome and this one, No. 92, Autumn 2012, arriving on a rain-swept day when I am dissuaded from outdoor jobs by the weather, bringing with it the promise of lots of fascinating reading, is especially so. These sometimes come out with a main theme, like the ‘Fire’ edition of Topsail... Read More