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Medway, Swale and the Kent coast

Modest celebrities Bill Serjeant and Nigel Davidson pass by on their way to the West

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Bill Serjeant’s Faith under sail

Bill’s little boat Faith. Click on the image to see his videos showing her
making way

Bill Serjeant is currently sailing his remarkable little heavyweight 14-ft Paradox cruiser Faith from its home port at Burnham on Crouch along the South Coast down to the West Country, where he intends to meet and sail in company with another Paradox sailor Al Law.

As Bill’s weblog records, along the way he anchored for a time in our sailing ground, the Swale, before sailing out along the North Kent Coast. However, over the last couple of days he’s been waiting out some bad weather in Ramsgate Harbour, where he met Nigel Davidson, who is currently circumnavigating the UK in his pretty 24ft Hillyard-built yacht Patsy Rye. For an earlier post about Nigel and his journey, click here. Huge good luck to both of them!

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Morgan’s shed holds an interesting secret

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Morgan’s shed holds an interesting secret - a project to create a double-ended spritsail boat

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.)

Morgan’s shed holds an interesting secret - a project to create a double-ended spritsail boat Morgan’s shed holds an interesting secret - a project to create a double-ended spritsail boat Morgan’s shed holds an interesting secret - a project to create a double-ended spritsail boat

Morgan’s shed holds an interesting secret - a project to create a double-ended spritsail boat Morgan’s shed holds an interesting secret - a project to create a double-ended spritsail boat

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…

Famous Thames sailing barge Cambria comes to Faversham for restoration

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Famous Thames sailing barge Cambria comes to Faversham for restoration

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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