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Dave and Tony Brooks’s Westmoreland Model as at Jan 2013; Photo by Dave B. Model makers Dave and Tony Brooks send me an update on the progress on the Westmoreland model saying, “We did a little work on the model last week having had a break over Christmas due to family commitments. I have to say the weather was freezing but we did manage to complete a lot of the detail for the cabin top. We also made the mast case for the mizzen and attached... 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

Erith in 1880

While we’re on old documents, I was emailed today by frequent contributor David Rye, a copy of this old photograph of the Thames from Erith taken in 1880 supplied to him by barge enthusiast Ken Chamberlain. David has entitled his email “How many sailing barges”. I can count at least about 32 on the original 13 meg picture (I love the detail on these old pre-digital photo’s where silver nitrate molecules were basically the ‘pixcel’.... Read More

Our Daddy, Looe Lugger

Brixham, Our Daddy, the last Looe lugger; Picture by Tricia Gurnett. A couple of days back, when I was posting on the subject of Mevagissey Toshers, friend of Cambria and writer of  “The Barge Blog”, Tricia Gurnett posted a comment that she’d seen the last ever Looe Lugger whilst down in the SW and would email me some good photo’s. Here it is, the unusually named “Our Daddy”. Thanks for that, Tricia. This old vessel... Read More

On Display at Gravesend

Thames 2012 pennant held by Julie Brooks. Photo by Dave Brooks Tricia Gurnett posts that she has “Spent 3 great days this week helping on Cambria, moored at Town Pier, Gravesend. Had some lovely people come to see us who were all very interested in what we were showing them about the barge and its restoration. And in wonderful sunshine, what could be better than sitting on the deck of a Thames sailing barge watching the ships go by.” The... Read More

Griff Presents…..

Griff Rhys Jones presents trophies at Thames Match 2012, here to Richard Tichener, Skipper of Cambria; photo by Dave Brooks. In a nice touch at the Thames Barge Match after-race celebrations, the trophies were presented by Griff Rhys-Jones. This pic is our man Richard Tichener collecting some of Cambria’s and sharing  joke with Griff, but I have also seen nice ones of Jeff Gransden (SB Edith May) A quick reminder of those lectures on board... Read More