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Barge Matches sontinue with the Passage Rally June 24th followed by The Pion Mill Match July 1st

Thames Barge Parade 16th September 2017 with Tower Bridge lift 12 noon

Tea Rooms on barges in Maldon and Lower Halstow are now closed for the sailing season

Volunteers needed - Sailing Barge Cambria
Help Save Shotley Pier

Developing vessels for the delivery of goods under sail in the USA - Vermont Sail Freight Co.

Barge Building tools in the Australian National Maritime Museum

Why not join the Tidal Thames Navigators Club run by the PLA. You don't have to own a boat or barge..

2016 Sailing Barge Championship Results

Visiting Maldon, try:
32 The Hythe for B&B
S.B. Reminder for self-catering accommodation
The White Horse where you can book a room named after a local sailing barge

New: Westmoreland Trust

Poetry Corner

Thames Sailing Barges have a significant following for a variety of reasons. They were the workhorses of the East Coast before motorisation firstly in ships, but then subsequently on the roads gradually reduced their commercial viability.

A number of these vessels still survive in various roles, some fully active, others used as house barges or are awaiting restoration, while many are rotting away, abandoned in creeks long ago.

These pages are an attempt to utilise modern technology to promote these traditional craft.

Any comments about the pages as they develop are welcome. I'll be pleased to hear about your barging interests, and do let me know if you spot any errors, or have any updated information.

2017 Barge Match Dates:

Medway - 3rd June
Blackwater - 17th June
Passage - 24th June
Pin Mill - 1st July
Thames - 15th July
Swale - 29th July
Whitstable tbc
Southend - 27th August (Sunday)
Colne - tbc

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