Aboard Cambria for the Medway barge match

Read about Cambria here, and about the Medway Barge Match here. Our new friend photographer Rob Powell was on board and I guess he may put some of his shots on his weblog, On the Thames.

Spot the Lady of the Lea stuck on an island. I hope she and her folks are all right…

PS – While we were racing, East Coast ditch crawling maven Nick Ardley was attending the launch of a new steel built Thames sailing barge, the Blue Dolphin. They do say with her smooth bottom, she’ll be quick and could be an interesting contender in barge racing in future years… See Nick’s weblog piece here.


The life of Bob Roberts – a short article written for EDS magazine

Bob Roberts article

Here’s a piece I recently wrote for the folkies’ magazine English Dance and Song about the legendary and sometimes controversial barge skipper Bob Roberts, who was also a celebrated singer and melodeon player. Click on the image above to download a pdf file…

Old Bob’s barge Cambria has been brought back to life thanks to a Lottery grant and the hard work of volunteers – read all about it at the Cambria Trust website. (I included this link in the story but it had to be edited out!)

The photos below show Cambria leaving Faversham Creek on a high tide on the 29th March.

Cambria makes her way down Faversham Creek on a high tide 1 Cambria makes her way down Faversham Creek on a high tide 2 Cambria makes her way down Faversham Creek on a high tide 3