Category Archives: Barges and wherries

Barges and wherries and other working boats originally for carrying cargoes

Sailing barge lifeboat rescue photos

EDP story of the Sepoy lifeboat rescue

Photos of the rowed lifeboat rescue mission to the sailing barge Sepoy 80-odd years ago published by the EDP show the reality of what lifeboatmen had to cope with.

Notice the surf, and the terrified barge crew hanging on in the rigging.

I find these photos very sobering… and even more so is the thought that the Sepoy was only a few hundred yards from shore, unlike many such rescues. Those crews were very brave and very tough – and still are.

Barge Ethel Everard at Dunkirk


With the preparations for the 75th anniversary of the 1940 rescue of the British Expeditionary Force from the beaches of Dunkirk in full flow, I was struck by this shot of the sailing barge Ethel Everard abandoned on the sand, and accompanied by two German military men.

Read the story of the Ethel Everard here.