Morgan’s shed hides an interesting secret – an new spritsail boat. As usual, click on the photos for a larger, clearer image. Many thanks to Bob Telford for the photos. (Note the sprit-rigged Thames barge mast in the background.)
Bob Telford’s young friend Morgan has built himself a fine shed, and is working on an interesting project – redeveloping an old double-ended hull with a spritsail to create a craft that will bear a passing resemblance to the old Medway doble.
Similar to the peterboat once used further up the Thames Estuary, the doble is a historic local boat type that hasn’t been seen in the area for many decades, and in any case it will be very nice to see a small spritsail on the Swale, as these days they usually appear only on Thames barges. I have a small plywood rowing and sailing dory fitted with a spritsail, but for some reason I haven’t ever taken it down to the creek. Someday I’ll put that right.
I must find out what book appears in the last photo. It’s just the kind of thing I’d buy on sight, but can’t remember that drawing appearing in anything on my shelves…
The Thames sailing barge Cambria arriving at Faversham for restoration. Photos by Bob Telford
Thames sailing barge Cambria has been brought to Standard Quay in Faversham for restoration and rebuilding, and from these photos there’s clearly going to be a lot of work to do.
The Cambria is arguably the most famous of all the Thames barges, partly because she was the last British registered vessel to carry a commercial cargo under sail. In fact, she worked under sail without any kind of engine right up until 1970, and so forms a unique part of our industrial and maritime heritage. But that’s only part of her story, for the Cambria’s skipper was also a national treasure for his collection of songs and his way of singing them. See this very nice article about him by members of his family: http://www.eatmt.org.uk/bob_roberts.htm
Cambria is a wooden Thames sailing barge built at Greenhithe, Kent in 1906. Her National Lottery-funded restoration will cost Continue reading Famous Thames sailing barge Cambria comes to Faversham for restoration
Various views from a short sailing cruise up the Swale
I thought that intheboatshed.net readers might be entertained by a collection of photos we took on a recent trip short trip up the Swale to Queenborough. I had hoped to travel further from Faversham but the winds on the way out were too light to enable us to sail far (we generally need a F3 to plug the tide here), and I regard the outboard as an unpleasant if sometimes necessary evil.
The Swale is an interesting and varied cruising ground for a small boat. The western end of the Swale is a curious place, seething with wildlife apparently living cheek-by-jowl with the Medway’s industrial landscape, while down towards the sea Continue reading Some photos from a short sailing cruise on the Swale