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If you have any news or items of interest that you would like to share with barge enthusiasts please contact John White by email. john.white6@talk21.com


Here’s the flyer for the Fambridge River Festival on Sunday 24 May.   SSBR will be there.   We shall have our Archive open for the day and will also have a tent by the riverside with lots of information about Thames sailing barges.  





Next Committee Meeting

17th October 2015 commencing at 11.30am

To be held at

The 3 Daws Inn, West Street, Gravesend, Kent. DA11 0BJ.





2016 Annual General Meeting

May 2016 commencing at 3.00pm

To be held at

Dates & Venue to be announced








We were very sorry indeed to learn of the death of SSBR Committee Member, David Wood.

As well as being a long-term member of the Committee himself, David has been an enormous help to his wife, Elizabeth, in her office as our Chairman.

David has written a number of publications over the years, and members will recall that within the last few months they have received a copy of “Still in the Samphire”, the 50th anniversary history of the Society, and of “The Prowess of Charlie Fielder”.   Both of these were written by David Wood, and he has put some considerable years of work into them.   Elizabeth tells us that he was still researching and writing other material.

David died very suddenly on Friday 30th January 2015.   He was alone at their Twickenham house while Elizabeth was at her family’s home in Sussex.    She was talking to David on the telephone, when suddenly she heard a noise, he stopped speaking and she could not raise him.   She called a neighbour who went to the house, and discovered that David had suffered a heart attack which he did not survive.  

The funeral has taken place.  In accordance with David’s own wishes it was a small low-key occasion for close friends and family.   Donations in David’s memory if desired may be sent to the Thames Sailing Barge Trust, c/o Roger Newlyn.   Please contact us by e-mail if you need Roger’s address.     SocSailingBargeResearch@gmail.com

On behalf of the Committee and members of the Society, we send our most sincere sympathy to Elizabeth and her family.




Tony Millatt of the Mersea Museum, informs us that he has placed a list of barges from the MN list of 1916 compiled by Ron Green on the Museum website www.merseamusum.org.uk under BARGES.

Ron himself says he and his wife Wendy have their own website www.merseaislanders.co.uk

with links to both the SSBR and the Museum websites and they would like as many people as possible to visit them.


Ron also mentions The Dunkirk Wrecks website


which may be of interest to members.




Ron Carroll reminds members that his lists of "Active Barges", are available, gratis as before, on request and provision of a stamped self addressed envelope to:

Ron Carroll

5, Crossfell Road

Leverstock Green

Hemmel Hempstead.



Ron would like if possible to encourage information contributions on the current fleet, particularly about changes of barge owners, locations & identifying details

please email Ron at:









Updated Updated 11/05/2015