Stocking Filler?

From Chris Harvey of the Thames Sailing Barge Trust via, in this case, an email from Restoration Project Manager, William Collard (Thank you, William) a possible last minute stocking filler if you are stuck for a gift for the barge-nut in your life. Chris says “Christmas is fast approaching, and here’s a gift idea for anyone you know who is fond of Thames sailing barges – or maybe you just want to treat yourself.  All you need to... Read More

William Collard, Bernard Drew and Golden Miller

Golden Miller We don’t hear much from Restoration Project Manager, William Collard these days, but he occasionally pings stuff into my email and when he does it is often to pass me a real gem. During the rebuild phase we had found a horseshoe screwed to the front of the wheelhouse and when the wheelhouse was rebuilt we were careful to reinstate the shoe but curious as to how it had come to be there. We put out a call via this blog but nobody... Read More

Will Collard Lecture

William Collard strolls Cambria’s Decks in Sept 2010, Picture by Matt Care from down in the main hold. This is a bit short notice but I have just received word of a lecture by Rebuild Project Manager, William Collard to the National Historic Ships UK who say that “Monday 14 Jan: Wellington Trust Heritage Evening – talk on the subject of historic vessel CAMBRIA, the Thames sailing barge. 7pm start, with bar open from 6.15″ Further,... Read More

Sailing the Sorlandet

Norwegian sail training ship, Sorlandet; picture a screen grab from You Tube noted by David Rye. A bit of a treat today with a link found by our friend and occasional contributor, David Rye.   Go to   This is a video explaining how to sail and manouvre a square rigger. This link is to part 1. The video claims to explain all sorts of manouvres from weighing anchor and getting... Read More

Bounty etc.

HMS Bounty, Image from news website. There can not be many of my readers here who do not know by now that replica ship HMS Bounty, built for the filming of the Brando movie “Mutiny on the Bounty” was unfortunately sunk and lost in the recent storm “Hurricane Sandy” which hit the Eastern seaboard of the USA.  Our friend David Rye, though, has found a rather nice video about the ship on the National Geographic website at Read More

Work Party 1989!

1989 Cambria work party notification from William Collard’s own archive. Here’s a bit of history from Rebuild Project Manager, William Collard, found when he was going through his Father’s barge-related paperwork. It dates from 1989 when Cambria was in Dolphin Yard and was a ‘joint project by the Maritime Trust and the Dolphin Museum’. It is written by Rod Spratling, we think the ‘Boss of Volunteers, Basil’... Read More

MTB 102

MTB102 alongside Cambria at Gravesend recently; photo by William Collard Rebuild Project Manager William Collard sends me this nice picture of the Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 102 moored alongside ‘us’ at Gravesend. You will recall that MTB 102 led the Flotilla of boats on Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant day. Being an important historic vessel, 102 naturally has a big write up on the internet including a very full section in Wikipedia... Read More

New Compendium

New SSBR Compendium pre-order form. Provided by William Collard. Project Manager for the Rebuild Phase and friend of Cambria, William Collard has emailed me this useful link, actually a pre-order form for a new Compendium of Sailing Barges publiushed by the Society for Sailing Barge Research. The ‘blurb’ says the Compendium is the culmination of 50 years of research and carries details of over 4000 sailing barges, their names, official... Read More