Category Archives: Barges and wherries

Barges and wherries and other working boats originally for carrying cargoes

Edwin Hunt, lighterman

Edwin ‘Ted’ Hunt is a man of amazing experiences, and some wonderful stories, as this striking YouTube shows. I’m told that at 95, he’s still with us.

He wrote the illuminating notes below for teaching lightermen – and I share them because I’m sure they are still useful and worth knowing for anyone who operates barges and other craft on the London River. My thanks to Chriss Hallam for posting on the Thames Sailing Barges Facebook page.

Lighterman Edwin Hunt's notes

Matthew Atkin photographs Faversham

My globe trotting photographing brother Matthew Atkin usually sends collections of photos from exotic locations, but late last week he was staying in the old port of Faversham, and took a series of early morning photos that included competitors gathering for the weekend’s Swale Match.

I think he was particularly struck by the sight of sailing barge Repertor emerging from Faversham swathed in mist…

For more from this year’s Swale Match, see an earlier post.

The results for the match for barges only are here, but I haven’t found the results for other classes including smacks yet. However, I can tell you that Vic Maynard’s Emma and crew were first over the line among the smacks, and that they came third among the smacks on corrected time. For more about Emma, click here.

Here’s my mobile phone snap of grinning Vic with his cups, with crew member Arfur in the background.

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Sailing on the Swale, last weekend

On the Swale, last weekend. The winds were light, but it was very pleasant and some of my favourite local boats (and one or two I didn’t know) were out and strutting their stuff ahead of the Swale Match this coming weekend. Aside from the sailing barge Orinoco, there was Cygnet, Privateer of Boston, Bird of Dawning and a Finesse

And then we had one of those North Kent skies that Turner loved so much…