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For anyone interested - on BBC1 tomorrow at 1930 hrs. Part 1 of 6 looks at the history of Thames sailing barges.

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Steve & Maggie.


Not quite an ancient mariner ..... though some say he was at sea before Pontius was a pilate !

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I gather the Beeb is 'regionalising' the broadcasts - the East is getting punts, both Cam and Norfolk, the Midlands have sewer tubes whiles Thames area gets spritsail barges. As we live just down from Pin Mill we'll dig out the barges on Sky later - best of both worlds!

Andy and Kathy (IP11)

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" As we live just down from Pin Mill "

Lucky you (albeit Ipswich is a bit close for comfort!). Pin Mill holds great memories even though I have not been there for years. When I used to sail out of Wolverstone in the 80s the  Butt and Oyster was always a necessary stopover. Is it still any good?



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There is a regional broadcast on Friday night at 7.30pm, but on Saturday BBC2 at 8.00pm the start of the whole series is broadcast.  The Norfolk Punt gets an episode at some point.

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Harlequin - Although we're North of the river we spend a lot of time on the South bank, the Butt has gone a bit 'foodie' since the days of Mr. Mainwaring  (he of the wonderful moustache) but still does a cracking pint of Adnams. Our hostelry of choice that way is Chelmondiston Red Lion(used to be the Venturer with a barge transom as a pub sign). I learned to sail at Waldringfield and ended up with a third of a Dragon so spent a lot of time up and down the three rivers.

Andy and Kathy (IP11)

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Stumpy,
On the whole most riverside pubs seem to have gone a bit foodie... so no surprise there.
Last sailed that area about 10 years ago. A lovely spot.

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About 15 years ago our scout fellowship chartered the Thames barge Hydrogen for an evening cruise down the Blackwater estuary from Maldon. On the outward leg I was chatting to the skipper and when we turned for the return leg he gave me the helm and disappeared below.

What a treat, I got to take her back up the river to Maldon with the skipper reappearing at the last moment to take her alongside.

A few years later, the Chelmsford canoe club chartered her for a trip from Tilbury to Tower Bridge and back. I didn't get a turn at the helm that time, but what a lovely day out.

Steve. CM1 and NR12

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This summer my son has been mate on Thistle (run by the same charter company as Hydrogen) and I have had a few opportunities to sail on her. A couple of weeks ago I did a delivery voyage from Ipswich to Maldon, which left me at the helm most of the time from the Orwell Bridge to Osea Island, a journey made mostly under sail.

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Unfortunately my time at the helm was under power not sail. Probably just as well, we'd likely have ended up aground on Osea island!

Steve. CM1 and NR12


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