Snug Winter Quarters

Moored alongside Faversham, Cambria has now taken delivery of our new poly tunnel, our winter cover which will keep the barge snug and safe from the weather while our volunteers get on with jobs such as cleaning and painting, which we are getting few opportunities to do as this succession of powerful anticyclones spiral through; another is due overnight with its predicted lashing of coasts by wind and rain and tidal surges. We are , of course, hunkered... Read More


Painting by Lesley Everatt: Copied from Lesley’s Facebook Feed with permission You may recall that back in August I posted on the subject of artist Lesley Everatt who had created a rather superb picture of the crew of the sloop ‘Spider T’ who were on board for the run up the Thames to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee River Pageant. That was the first time we ‘met’ Lesley. I have since got to know her better through the... Read More

Re Rigging

I am happy to report that the winter refit is now nearing completion and we are in the re-rigging phase. Dave Brooks sent the following report via e-mail. Re-rigging Cambria in March 2013. With Ian, Reggie & Mark. Photo by Dave Brooks “By now Cambria should be back at Standard Quay Faversham. It has been a frustrating period of time at Oare with the weather against us all the way. However Richard Weekes has done an amazing job and got... Read More

Purifier’s Progress

Future barge loading/unloading door in Faversham’s Purifier Building; Picture from Faversham Creek Trust’s website. In what is now becoming known as Purifier’s Progress, the Faversham Creek Trust website has the latest progress report on the renovation of Faversham Creek’s old Purifier Building (off the Morrison’s car-park) for their Maritime Trades and Apprentice Training centre. This is on Read More

“Lowering the Gear” Video

Lowering Cambria’s Gear; Still from a video taken by ‘Den Johnson’s Carol’ Something a bit different today! Mark Chapman has sent me a link to  video of the Cambria’s gear being lowered in Faversham’s Standard Quay a couple of weekends ago, Skippered by Ian Ruffles. If you’ve ever seen this process in action you’ll know it’s not a quick job, so the video is 13 and a half minutes long. We are not... Read More

Creek Trust Website

Faversham Creek Gut Way ploughed by Medway Ports; Photo by Faversham Creek Trust Faversham Creek Trust are now motoring well in their drives to get the Creek back open and to do up the creek-side Purifier building as an apprentice training facility cum workshop. They have published this significant picture of the main gut-way of the creek (below the swing bridge) after Medway Ports engineers had dragged something called a “plough” straight... Read More