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Thames Barge...I'm all excited...

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I'm all excited...( last time was about 1974)

 

I did mention this once before...that I received an inheritance from a deceased relative..I knew nothing about. As such, the BBC have been filming me for the new series of Heir Hunters.

They came to my 'land ' address last Tuesday, and yesterday (Friday) they had arranged to film me onboard a Thames barge named 'Lady Daphne'..in St Katherines Dock.

 

I got to 'interview' an expert about the history of the barges, which has become something of a fascination for me now. My Great grandfather was..at 'least' a third generation Barge Captain.

lady Daphne is over 100 tons....(was originally listed as heavier..?...and a wonderful reminder of the era. There was once over 10,000 of them plying their trade, but now only about 10 are able to carry passengers.

 

I was fascinated to know how they could manouever such large sail powered craft through such congested waterways, and learned there was a huge amount of ropework skills carried out. They also used a technique of bumping the anchor on the bottom to make the craft reverse. Racing to London (to beat competition) often involved taking the bridges 'at a run' dropping the mast at the last minute and then getting it back up quickly.

 

It makes me feel humble moaning about a little side wind in a narrowboat !

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The art of "Shooting" bridges is still practiced on the Broads, when it's done right it's very impressive

 

Phil

I guess if you get it wrong...it's equally impressive..!..

 

Like when I was on ' The Broads'...the local who said...'I don't need the pilot to get under Potter Higham bridge...

I still recall..the sounds of splintering wood and perspex.

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I'm all excited...( last time was about 1974)

 

I did mention this once before...that I received an inheritance from a deceased relative..I knew nothing about. As such, the BBC have been filming me for the new series of Heir Hunters.

They came to my 'land ' address last Tuesday, and yesterday (Friday) they had arranged to film me onboard a Thames barge named 'Lady Daphne'..in St Katherines Dock.

 

I got to 'interview' an expert about the history of the barges, which has become something of a fascination for me now. My Great grandfather was..at 'least' a third generation Barge Captain.

lady Daphne is over 100 tons....(was originally listed as heavier..?...and a wonderful reminder of the era. There was once over 10,000 of them plying their trade, but now only about 10 are able to carry passengers.

 

I was fascinated to know how they could manouever such large sail powered craft through such congested waterways, and learned there was a huge amount of ropework skills carried out. They also used a technique of bumping the anchor on the bottom to make the craft reverse. Racing to London (to beat competition) often involved taking the bridges 'at a run' dropping the mast at the last minute and then getting it back up quickly.

 

It makes me feel humble moaning about a little side wind in a narrowboat !

Join the Thames Barge Sailing Trust- a weekend's sailing for £100.

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