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Barges and wherries and other working boats originally for carrying cargoes

The Swale Match, 8th August 2015

poster

The 2015 Swale Match will be held on 8th August, with the skippers’ meeting on the Friday evening. It’s a reasonably civilised start this year, at 08.45.

For more details contact the Match Secretary, Lena Reekie, on 079 68 058 398, or via email: lenareekie@talktalk.net

I guess I might sail out, drop the anchor and watch with a camera and a good lunch. Though of course I’d be open to offers if anyone needs a crewman…

Old images of barges and Southend Pier

My thanks to Malcolm Woods, who found this poster from 1915 posted on this New Zealand-based world transport website.

The photo below from The Barge Blog of the pierhead in the old days before the fire good too. Go to the weblog to read about it.

The barge connection? well you can just spot some spars at the left hand side of the shot…

Barge crew are still singing

The Bargeman’s Alphabet, sung by mate on the barges, trainee barge skipper, Barge Trust supporter and great pal Mick Nolan, and it just proves that barge crew are still singing songs associated with the barge trade, in the old way. Good for him! Call me an old romantic, but I find it all very heartening!