Film footage showing a passenger ship Tilbury Landing Stage, and a PLA pilot boarding sugar ship bound for Thames Refinery. The Liquid Highway spotted this one…
So what year would this be? I’d guess it was some time in the 1960s, judging by the fashions. There’s a short segment featuring a sailing barge – which is it barge folks?
Oh, and there’s this from 1963. ‘A boatman makes his way up Wapping old stairs for a quick one in the Town of Wapping pub.’
The Apprentice Lighterman (1963) – a short film about the work of lightermen on the Thames five decades ago.
My thanks to Andrew Craig-Bennett for spotting and sharing this video on The Liquid Highway’s YouTube account.
I didn’t know the sport of barge rowing or ‘driving’ even existed until I read about the 2014 Thames Historic Barge Rowing Event on The Liquid Highway. It’s being held on the 28th June and if the YouTube above is anything to go by, it’ll be quite a spectacle.
The racers have a Facebook page offering information, photos and films.