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Sailing Barge Steering gear

John Hardiment writes:
It has come to my notice that on the bank of the Medina river close to where we are moored, there is part of the steering gear of a Thames Barge. I'm writing because the river bank on which it lays has recently come under new ownership and the steering gear will go for scrap unless somebody takes it away.
The contact is Jim Holdstock,
Odessa Marine,Little London,
Newport,Isle of Wight.PO30 5BS.
tel 01983 524337
Larry Coleman (email: would be interested in information about the sailing barge "Hope" which his great-grandfather George C. Coleman was her master sometime around 1890-1910. The Colemans were from Milton Regis and "Hope" and I believe sailed from Milton Creek.
Tamar Barge S.B. LYNHER
Based at Morwellham Quay on the Tamar River, Near Tavistock, Devon.
Anyone interested in sailing barges in this area and who woud like to get involved contact Wendy Yates by email, or phone 01626 873647.
New Books from Chaffcutter:
"Time Before The Mast" by Ivan Hazelton.
A Young lad'sexperiences under sail in the coasting trade. £16
"A Floating Home & Born Afloat", Cyril Ionides, J.B.Atkins, Andrew Haig. A reprint and updating of the First Sailing Barge ever written. Numbered limited edition of 500.
See the Chaffcutter website for
Any information about the following barges, including photographs and details of previous crew members are being sought by Topsail charters for the new Heritage Museum now open on
S.B. Glenway, Cook's Yard, Maldon at Easter 2003:
Glenway, Hydrogen, Thistle, Reminder, Trojan

Sailing Barge NORTHDOWN
The Boat Museum in Douarnenez, France would like to find information about the Northdown which is part of their collection. They are interested in sound-tracks, video, pictures and would like to talk to people who worked on her.
Contact Tone Le Grand

Sailing Barge Glenrosa.
Reg Joy would be interested interested to hear from anyone with photographs of the Glenrosa, and details of what became of her.

Contact Reg by email at

New Book: A History of FAVERSHAM & Oare Creeks and the FAVERSHAM NAVIGATION by Frank Taylor, published by Chaffcutter books in association with the S.S.B.R.
£9.95 retail, contact for purchasing details

Bruce Jackson in Australia is looking for information regarding an ancestor (Major Frederick George Jackson)who lived on, or possibly owned the barge MARGUERITE up until 1938.
The barge was built in 1901 at Bergqvara in Sweden 63 tons reg No. 114808, and was owned by F.T. Eberhardt in 1908 when she was disqualified from the Thames Match Race.
Anyone with any further information can email Bruce at

I am trying to trace the current whereabouts of a 35ft small barge built by Frank Shuttlewood at Paglesham and launched in 1959. She was spritsail rigged and lee boarded. Tiny Mite was sold when my father died in the 1970s and left the Roach where she had formerly been moored. Any sightings welcomed.
Peter Whittingham email
  Jeremy Rugge Price is looking for families who have lived and fished from off the coasts of the British Isles and Ireland together with their family related descendants now living on the coast of New England, and the Islands of Maine.This is for a proposal to weave together a pictorial and written tapestry about the harsh lives of fishermen and their families over the last two hundred years.
More details.
S.B. DAWN - Web site at:

S.B THALATTA/East Coast Sail Trust - Web site at:
Visit the only museum dedicated to the Sailing Barge and related industries.

Sailing Barge Association Website

Developing web site with details of the Barge Matches
and Championship standings

A Trust set up to preserve the last sailing barge to trade under sail alone.
Tank Barges Some barges, such as Hydrogen and Oxygen were built as tank barges, which means that they would not have had the normal hatches on deck, but would have been flush decked. Does anyone have any information about the types of deck fittings used on such an arrangement, or possibly any photographs?
Tony's Cottage Boatyard.
Fibreglass hulls etc from Tony Williams
George Faint,
sailing barges and
the yawl Thalassa
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