Dunkirk hero ship Ena pictured decaying at Hoo

Staff Writer News, Sailing Barges

WHILE the new Dunkirk movie rides high at the box office, one of the ships from Operation Dynamo is lying rotting in Kent. 111 year old Sailing Barge Ena is currently decaying in a barge graveyard in the River Medway at Hoo. The historic vessel was sailed out to Dunkirk on 31st May 1940 to help with the evacuation but …

Classic Thames sailing barge seeks new owner for rebuild

Staff Writer News, Sailing Barges

A NEW owner is being sought for a classic Thames sailing barge which dates back 120 years. Sailing Barge Beric was built in Harwich in 1896 and has a varied career, from her original purpose moving cargo up and down the river through to being a house boat, a night club and charter boat. Listed on the National Historic Ships …

Photos: Thames Sailing Barge Match 2016

Rob Powell Sailing Barges

THE THAMES Sailing Barge Match took place on June 25th for the 85th time, with eight of the historic and distinctive vessels taking part. The event, which first took place in 1863, is reckoned to be the second oldest sailing contest in the world after the America‚Äôs Cup. Racing takes place from Mucking No. 3 buoy in Lower Hope Reach …

Sailing barges race in 2015 Thames Match

Rob Powell Sailing Barges

TRADITIONAL sailing barges took to the river on Saturday morning (22nd) for the Thames Sailing Barge Match 2015. Ten barges took part in the event on a beautiful sunny day on the river, delighting onlookers on shore and on spectator boats. The event traces its history back to 1863 and saw the iconic barges race from Mucking down to Southend …