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DOLPHIN YARD SAILING BARGE MUSEUM
DESTROYED BY ARSON ATTACK
TRUSTEES of a Sittingbourne museum destroyed in
a suspected arson attack say they are determined to keep the town’s
heritage alive. The Dolphin Yard Sailing Barge Museum on Milton Creek,
off Crown Quay Lane, burned down in a blaze at 8.20pm on Sunday and
police are treating it as suspicious. Members of the trust sifting
through the debris yesterday found the only object to survive was a
large metal bandsaw. Chairman Clive Reader has received emails from
supporters, including an Australian man with family links to
barge-building who visited the museum the day before the fire. Mr Reader
said three gas cylinders had been found in the wreckage and it is
believed they were used to start the fire. Mr Reader said: "We are pig
sick because we have been fighting for funds for years. Sittingbourne
has lost a huge part of its heritage that we have been fighting to
protect from lots of outside influences. If we are to rebuild the museum
we will need all the help we can get." He added that feelers had already
been put out to see where else the museum could go if it cannot stay at
the yard. The museum, which reflected Sittingbourne’s maritime history,
was housed in a two-storey timber-frame building originally used for
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Will be held at the "Three
7 Town Pier,
Kent. DA11 0BJ
9th May 2009 at 3.00pm
Agenda and a resume of the minutes of the previous A.G.M. will be
circulated to all members with the
Spring Edition of "Newsletter"
prior to the AGM.
A.G.M. at Leigh on Sea
The Dolphin Yard Sailing Barge Museum and Barge
RE-OPENS EASTER 2008.
Trustees are pleased to announce that the Museum is opening again on
it's existing site from Good Friday 21st 2008. Much work has been done
by members repairing the vandalism that occurred during the closure. The
museum will be open most weekends + other days throughout the year.
and visiting barges especially welcome. For more information contact:-
Reader Chairman 01795-520491, John Hull 01795-471725 Peter MacDonald
"SAILING BARGE RACING
The only book ever dedicated to barge racing is
Racing Sailormen, by the late
Capt. F. S. Cooper, published in 1963. A key aspect was the inclusion of
the statistics for winning barges.
These results are now being brought up to date in a
new publication entitled "Sailing Barge Racing" which is calling
for information. Progress of the project can be seen at:
|It has been reported that the 'Oak' of Maldon is being broken
up at Dolphin Yard.
It is also reported that 'Beatrice Maud' has been broken up at the
Boating World Boat Yard at Landrake on the river Lynher in Cornwall,
The Dolphin Yard Sailing Barge Museum and Barge
The Dolphin Yard Sailing Barge Museum and Barge Repair Yard
finally closed its doors at the end of October 2005. The closure came
about when the present owners of the site, Supreme Concrete, gave notice
to the trustees to quit the site. The Charitable Trust which was formed
in June 1968 decided not to challenge the decision in the courts as
balanced against the Trust retaining the site the costs could have
proved more than the small Trust could afford.
Following the closure of Dolphin Yard the 'Cambria' is to be put
into a lighter and taken to
Sheerness Docks where hopefully the Cambria
Trust will be able to complete the restoration
of such a fine old lady.
The "Tollesbury" which sank in the Millwall
Dock in September has now been refloated.
Member Chris Croyden Cooper reported: She is still
moored with the
gangplank almost vertical. She has a
float device around her presumably to
deal with any oil
(or light ale) spillage. She is now fenced off, so
get too close.
She was about to be given marching orders to make
space for the re-located
South Quay DLR station - end of
Pub business? She was in quite good nick.
looked good (I gather she was extensively rebuilt after
Canary Wharf bomb). She was well painted and on top
of that her mainmast
and Sprit are recent.
whether she is insured???
An extract from the East London Advertiser reads as
"Pub with no pier sinks last pint"
Luftwaffe failed to sink her
at Dunkirk and she even
survived the Docklands IRA
bomb 56 years later.
But now a famous barge that
has recently been a favourite haunt for thousands of
workers lies mysteriously defeated at the
bottom of Millwall Dock.
An investigation is under
way into how the floating pub Tollesbury sank on Monday
Firefighters and rescue
teams were called to the dock, near South Quay, Marsh
the Thames barge began to sink.
Investigators were trying to
fathom how the vessel, which survived both German
during the 1940 evacuation of Dunkirk and
the 1996 South Quay IRA bomb, ended up
partially submerged in the water.
Emergency services went to
the scene at around 7am on Monday, but by the time they
arrived the 84ft barge, which had
no one on board, had already sunk.
Officials from British
Waterways sealed off the area and were examining the
any debris or pollution.
They have contacted the
owner, David Paling, who is now overseeing the operation
refloat and possibly rebuild the boat.
A British Waterways
spokesman said: “It’s still a mystery as to how the
barge sank, but
it’s very sad after all it’s been
It is the latest chapter in
the illustrious history of the barge, which was
for the Dunkirk evacuations and badly
damaged in the 1996 IRA bomb.
Mr Paling could not be
contacted for comment.
More happily, Wilfred is back at Temple Pier. Hull
seems to have had work done She (he) is well painted
and a lot of the ghastly extra buiding on the deck has
FEW COPIES LEFT!
Member Mike Shirley has kindly donated some copies of "The Story
of the Cambria" by the Maritime Trust, published 1973 by Endlebury
Publishing Co. These are for sale in aid of Society funds at £6.50 each
including post & packaging. Please Email firstname.lastname@example.org
or telephone John
White on 01206 825317 to reserve a copy.
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