Tag Archives: Thames

A Thames lock keeper’s punt

Lock keeper's punt

This Thames lock-keeper’s punt was a featured of Chris Partridge’s childhood and having come down to him through his family, he’s sorting it out ready to put back on the water.

I must say I’m intrigued, as it’s a boat type I haven’t been aware of up to now. Read about it here – and no doubt in later Rowing  for Pleasure weblog posts as Chris’s project makes progress.

 

PLA Thames Pilots at Work

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)

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.