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Red Sails — Thames Sailing Barge Documentary

Red Sails is a documentary by Michael Maloney about the remarkable Thames sailing barges, which continued to ply their trade well into the 20th century before being replaced by diesel trucks. The documentary interviews bargemen about their lives aboard the … Continue reading

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Cambria, the Cutty Sark of Thames River Barges

The first word one associates with speed under sail is probably not barge.  Nevertheless, Thames River barges are no slackers when the wind is blowing.  Recently, the folks at Cambria Trust posted a photo of a GPS screen on restored … Continue reading

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New Documentary on Thames Sailing Barges – Red Sails

The Thames sailing barge was a remarkably efficient cargo carrier that lasted well into the 20th century before being replaced by diesel trucks. We have followed the rebuilding and the relaunching of the Thames sailing barge Cambria, which was the last British … Continue reading

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Relaunching of the Thames Sailing Barge Cambria

Last November, we posted about the rebuilding of the last commercial Thames sailing barge, Cambria. The reconstruction is nearing its completion. Tomorrow, Monday 21st March, 2011, the Cambria will be relaunched into Faversham Creek, and move downstream to Iron Wharf … Continue reading

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The Famous Sailing Barge Cambria Reborn

The Thames sailing barge Cambria was built in Greenhithe, Kent in 1906.  Remarkably, she kept sailing  and carrying commercial cargo under sail alone until 1970.  She is now undergoing a complete restoration by the Cambria Trust with major funding from the Heritage Lottery … Continue reading

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