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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!

More shots of the Thames Traditional Boat Festival

This time, they’re from Fowey boat builder Marcus Lewis, a kind regular contributor to these pages. Like Chris Perkins, Marcus also found some amazing craft – including what looks like a Royal Barge, no less, a Bluebird, MTB102 and a couple of amphibious motor vehicles.

Many thanks Marcus! Check his boats for sale, which include a new 9ft clinker-built pram dinghy, a Troy class keelboat racer, and three Fowey River dinghies.

 

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