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PUBLICATIONS

 "Topsail" is issued free to members at the time of publication. Depending on the circumstances, other publications are issued free or a nominal charge is made. Copies are available to the general public through retail outlets or direct from the addresses indicated below. 

(Also see "Bibliography" for a list of books published on the subject of Sailing Barges and those that are offered for sale both new & secondhand by the Society).

 

PUBLICATIONS FOR SALE

 

THE THAMES SAILING BARGE COMPENDIUM

Compiled by John White

Edited by Richard Walsh

Price £20.00,

+ £5.00 postage and packing

Obtainable from:-

 Roger Newlyn, 7 Hopewell Drive, Gravesend, Kent.  DA12 4PX. 

 Email: rogernewlyn@aol.com 

Tel: 01474 324096

Please make cheques payable to :- Roger Newlyn

 

OR

 

John White, 5 Cox Road, Alresford, Colchester, Essex. CO7 8EJ

 Email: john.white6@talk21.com

 Tel: 01206 825317

Please make cheques payable to :- John White

This book represents the culmination of 50 years ongoing research into the details and fate of over 4000 Thames sailing barges. Over 2000 of those  whose fate is known are listed here in almost 300 pages, listed by name or location, details of build, ownership operation and fate, aided by location charts for places with concentrations of remains.

 

Sailing Barges – The Dunkirk Story

 

by Barbara Butler

 

Called ‘Operation Dynamo’ the rescue of the British Expeditionary Force, trapped on the exposed coast near Dunkirk with the German Army pressing in on them from the land and the Luftwaffe attacking them from the air, was essential for the defence of Britain as French ports fell one by one into enemy hands.

 

 Nineteenth century sailing barges were a disappearing breed in 1940, but the part they played in rescuing a stranded army was their finest hour. The accounts given by Suffolk and Essex bargemen, the first hand accounts of others from London and Kent are matter of fact, as bargemen are.

 

The words of the leaders are well recorded but they did not wade into the sea up to their necks, pushing aside the bodies of comrades who had died in the water just moments before them. Those were the men who told us their stories when the ‘Little Ships of Dunkirk’ made the 50th anniversary crossing.

 

Privately-owned ships, boats and barges from the coasts and rivers of southern England were requisitioned or volunteered for service to work alongside the Royal Navy, in the seemingly impossible task of rescuing the British Army at the eleventh hour. As a result of the courage and sacrifice of the volunteer crews that manned those ‘Little Ships’, tragedy was turned into triumph.

Published with the support of Ipswich Maritime Trust.

 

 

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Sailing Barges – The Dunkirk Story

by Barbara Butler

 

Available from

Price £9.95, + £3.00 postage and packing
Please make cheques payable to :- Roger Newlyn

Please contact Roger Newlyn, 7 Hopewell Drive, Gravesend, Kent.  DA12 4PX. 

 Email: rogernewlyn@aol.com  Tel: 01474 324096

 

Alternately available from Ipswich Maritime Trust.  

IMT, c/o R. Pawsey, 82, Westerfield Road,

Ipswich, Suffolk,  IP4 2XN

email: bob.pawsey@gmail.com

 

or the author: barb-witnes@hotmail.co.uk

 

and the Ipswich Tourist Information Centre, 

St. Stephen’s Lane, Ipswich.

 

NEW DVD

NOBLE LIFE

 

From the Kent marshes to London Docks, from Tilbury to Ipswich; Simon North explores the past, present and future role of the Thames Sailing Barge, with researched photographs and archive footage combined with exciting film of current events, he discovers a way of life that is still relevant to our own. 

It is 1 hour 42 minutes long and includes interviews with Bob Roberts daughters, Dick Durham, Ray Rush, Tony Farnham and Richard Titchener. 

Price £13.00, + £2.00 postage and packing
Please make cheques payable to :- Roger Newlyn

Please contact Roger Newlyn, 7 Hopewell Drive, Gravesend, Kent.  DA12 4PX. 

 Email: rogernewlyn@aol.com  Tel: 01474 324096

 

 

NEW DVD

RED SAILS

DVD in colour and black & white with a running time of just under one hour. Narrated by Patrick O'Connor and produced by Countrywide Productions.

www.cwideprods.co.uk/dvds

Price £15.00, + £3.00 postage and packing
Please make cheques payable to :- Roger Newlyn

Please contact Roger Newlyn, 7 Hopewell Drive, Gravesend, Kent.  DA12 4PX. 

 Email: rogernewlyn@aol.com  Tel: 01474 324096

 

Every copy sold benefits the SSBR.

 

              

 

 

 

 

 

The Cambria Story

By Robert Simper

The story of Cambria's working days and her recent restoration.

Price £7.50, + £1.50 postage and packing
Please make cheques payable to :- Roger Newlyn

Please contact Roger Newlyn, 7 Hopewell Drive, Gravesend, Kent.  DA12 4PX. 

 Email: rogernewlyn@aol.com  Tel: 01474 324096

 

Every copy sold benefits the SSBR.

 

 

THALATTA

Spirit of the Sea

By Rita & Peter Phillips

Price £9.50, + £1.50 postage and packing
Please make cheques payable to :- Roger Newlyn

Please contact Roger Newlyn, 7 Hopewell Drive, Gravesend, Kent.  DA12 4PX. 

 Email: rogernewlyn@aol.com  Tel: 01474 324096

 

 

 

 

 

Just published, the long awaited ‘CRESCENT SHIPPING’ by Ken GARRETT.

Whilst it covers all the Company fleet over 150 years, in his research he found ‘The sheer number of Spritsail Sailing Barges involved was truly staggering’. This is probably his best book so far, in respect of detail and the quality of the publication. It contains a large amount of barge information. It is priced at £35 plus £5 p&p.

If you wish to purchase a copy, please send a cheque for £40, payable to:-

R NEWLYN, to 7 Hopewell Drive, Gravesend, Kent DA12 4PX.
 

Every copy sold benefits the SSBR.
 

 

 

Seaways
The Lore of the Kentish Shore


The much enlarged second (2010) edition printed on A4 glossy paper, 124pp. Approx.140 photographs of sailing barges,square-riggers, schooners, smacks and bawleys.
The remembered life of fisherman, bargemen and watermen, describing superstitions, weatherlore, customs, food, smokes and much else.


Price £13.50, includes postage and packing
Please make cheques payable to :- Roger Newlyn

Please contact Roger Newlyn, 7 Hopewell Drive, Gravesend, Kent.  DA12 4PX. 

 Email: rogernewlyn@aol.com  Tel: 01474 324096

 

 

 

 

From CHAFFCUTTER BOOKS

(in conjuntion with The Society for Sailing Barge Research)

This is a remarkable story for a number of reasons. It is taken from a 146 page manuscript hand written on foolscap paper by a sailing bargeman who went to sea aged eight after two years of formal education, a significant proportion of which was missed through truancy. The book covers in depth, and at first hand, a period in the river and coastal sailing barge trades which has never previously been recorded  in such a detailed way.

 It is a good quality perfect bound book with laminated card covers, size 250 x 180, 168 pages, 100 illustrations  many of which have not previously been published. (ISBN 978-0-9560596-0-4)

'Sailing Barge Master' is now available  @ £12.95 plus p&p

Postage & Packaging U.K. - £2.00 p+p  Europe - £3.00 p+p | Rest of the World - £5.00 p+p

Copies sold will help support the Society for Sailing Barge Research.     

To order a copy by post, please send a cheque,

payable to ‘Chaffcutter Books’

to:

Chaffcutter Books,

39 Friars Road, Braughing,

Ware, Hertfordshire

SG11 2NN

England.

Tel: +44 (0) 1920 823200

Email: sales@chaffcutter.com

 

 

From the SSBR Archive

Amateur Cine Footage of the

1977 Jubilee Sailing Barge Matches

This silent film, covering the Medway, Thames, Swale, Blackwater, Pin Mill, Southend & Colne Matches of 1977 represents a unique record of barge racing over 30 years ago. sadly quite a number of the barges involved are no longer in existence, reflecting the transient nature of the fleet, giving feel to the view that before too long there may be insufficient survivors to compete.

This is therefore a very important historical record of the past and the Society for Sailing Barge Research Archive is indebted to Mr. R. L. Gibbs for providing his late father's work, the proceeds of which will benefit Society funds.

Conditions during filming have led to considerable variance of the quality of the images therein.

Copies of the DVD may be obtained from the SSBR Archive or from SSBR Sales.

Please contact Roger Newlyn, 7 Hopewell Drive, Gravesend, Kent.  DA12 4PX. 

 Email: rogernewlyn@aol.com  Tel: 01474 324096

Price £7.00 each inc post & packing.

Cheques made payable to the Society for Sailing Barge Research

 

 

BLACKWATER BARGE MATCH DVD'S

THE FOLLOWING ARE NOW AVAILABLE

1967, 1983, 1987, 2009, 2010 & 2011

+ NEW 1989 & 2013

Copies of the DVD'S may be obtained from  SSBR Sales.

Please contact Roger Newlyn, 7 Hopewell Drive, Gravesend, Kent.  DA12 4PX. 

 Email: rogernewlyn@aol.com  Tel: 01474 324096

All Priced at £8.00 each + £2.00 post & packing(UK Only).

Cheques made payable to Roger Newlyn

 

 

Copies sold will help support the Society for Sailing Barge Research.     

 

 
 

 

The book 'The Racing Horlocks 1868 -1971' is the first new quality Barge book to be published for several years. It has been written by member Ron Weyda with Bob Horlock, as a sequel to 'Mistleyman's Log.' That book covered the trading days of the Horlock family and this new one covers the racing endeavours of the Horlocks. It is a good quality hardback book with over 150 illustrations and photographs, many of which have not previously been published, together with a wealth of information on tactics and design.

'The Racing Horlocks' is now available  @ £21.95 plus p&p

Copies sold via the SSBR will help support the Society.     

To order a copy by post, please send a cheque,

payable to ‘R Newlyn’ for £24.50 (£21.95 plus £ 2.55 p&p)

to:

Roger Newlyn,

7 Hopewell Drive, Gravesend, Kent  DA12 4PX.

If you require more than one copy please contact me @ rogernewlyn@aol.com for postage costs.

 

 

 

 

"Sailing Barges Listed in the Mercantile Navy List 1899"

This A4 booklet of 22 pages was compiled by John White from the Mercantile Navy list of 1899 which was presented to the SSBR Archive by Dave Davidson in memory of his late father. The booklet lists the names of some 2000 barges, with their Port of Registry, Official Number, Their Rig, Where & When Built, Registered Tonnage, Call Sign  and the Owner/Managing Owner.

Published Privately by the Society of Sailing Barge Research  2007

These are for sale in aid of Society funds at £10.00 each including post & packaging (U.K Only). Please Email  john.white6@talk21.com  or telephone John White on 01206 825317 to reserve a copy. 

 

 

 

 

 

“A Shipwright’s Boy”

 

“A Shipwright’s Boy” by Donald Sattin, edited by Richard Hugh Perks, published by the Faversham Society, 13 Preston Street, Faversham ME13 8NS, at £9.95 + £1.70 p&p

 

In this, his third book, Donald describes his upbringing on a farm on the edge of north the Kent marshes and how, at the age of 14, he became an apprentice shipwright at White’s Conyer bargeyard repairing and maintaining sailing barges in trade. It was not a task for the faint-hearted to lie in the mud to re-spike the bottom of a boat knowing there was 60 tons of barge inches above one’s head. When skippers were short-handed Donald was required to ship as mate aboard some of the last sailing barges to carry bricks from Conyer to London . During the war Donald built gunpowder punts for the Royal Gunpowder Factory at Waltham Abbey. These were transported to Waltham Abbey on a cut-down charabanc where, on arrival, they were clad with elephant hide.

 

Donald’s interest in boat models stems from the Conyer yard’s collection of half models from which lines were taken off to build the barges. Donald made his first model sailing barge at an early age. Later, when he qualified as an engineer he became interested in canal boats and started making models of them for major museums – some of them up to 4½ feet in length. His models have included Weaver Flats, horse-boats, an ice-breaker, tank boat - and a three-island coaster for a ship owner whose errant son was to destroy it. As a master shipwright Donald used his skill and knowledge to build his models to exacting standards, making each part himself and building the models in the same way as the original vessels were built.

 

When sailing barges ceased to carry cargo and their hulls were being restored back under sail for private ownership Donald’s skills again came to the fore in advising on repair and restoration, often finding himself back in the mud working on a barge’s hull. On a visit to Vancouver he worked on the building of a sail training schooner.

 

Now a few yards short of his 89th birthday Donald has set down aspects of his remarkable life about his time as a farmer’s boy, shipwright, engineer, model maker, canal boat enthusiast and bargeman – rich and rewarding experiences.

 

A4 size with laminated cover, 48pp, 58 photographs (17 in colour) + line drawings.

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"Topsail"

THE JOURNAL OF THE SOCIETY FOR SAILING BARGE RESEARCH

We have a limited number of the following out of print editions of the above journal for sale:

ISSUE Nos:  17, 19, 21, 25, 26, 27, 29, 30, 33, 38, 39, 40, 41 & 42

PRICE: Individual copies £4.50 each add £4.00 for each additional copy

Price includes post & packing (U.K. only). 

 Please sent your cheques/postal orders  made payable to "The Society For Sailing Barge Research" to Richard Walsh, SSBR Publications, 39 Friars Road, Braughing, Ware, Hertfordshire, SG11 2NN.  Remember to state clearly which issues you require and to include your full name, address and postcode.  Despatch is via 1st Class Post.

 

"A History of FAVERSHAM & OARE CREEKS and the FAVERSHAM NAVIGATION" 

By Frank Taylor.

Profusely Illustrated with over 100 excellent historic photos and maps. Fully Indexed.

Compiled by Richard Walsh and Published by Chaffcutter Books in association with the S.S.B.R. (ISBN 0-9532422-3-4)

PRICE:  £9.95 plus post & packing

Please contact Roger Newlyn, 7 Hopewell Drive, Gravesend, Kent.  DA12 4PX. 

 Email: rogernewlyn@aol.com for details.

 

"Dick the Dagger"

A Conversation with Dick The Dagger, The life & times of Centenarian Bargemaster Capt. Henry Miller BEM as told to Tony Farnham.

Profusely Illustrated with some excellent photos many over 100 years old.

Published by the Society of Sailing Barge Research (ISBN 0-9500515-8-6)

PRICE:  £10.00 plus post & packing

Please contact Roger Newlyn, 7 Hopewell Drive, Gravesend, Kent.  DA12 4PX. 

 Email: rogernewlyn@aol.com for post & packing details.

Cheques should be made payable to "The Society for Sailing Barge Research." Remember  to include your name and address.

 

NEW PUBLICATION

A new book called Salt Marsh and Mud is just out from Amberley Publishing.

Its by Nick Ardley, author of the May Flower and tells about the year that he and his wife spent sailing in the Thames Estuary in a clinker built yacht.

It also features 130 black & white images and sketches.

 

For any publications you may require please contact Roger Newlyn,

7 Hopewell Drive, Gravesend, Kent.  DA12 4PX. 

 Telephone: 01474 324096. Email: rogernewlyn@aol.com

 

NON SOCIETY PUBLICATIONS

‘Spritsail’ is the magazine published by the Thames Sailing Barge Trust.  

It is aimed at sailing barge and tradsail enthusiasts not just members of the Trust (although members do receive a free copy). 

The current issue contains articles on many interesting barge related topics and is lavishly illustrated with over 100 photographs and diagrams (including colour photographs of all the active sailing barges listed inside). 

In A4 format with 40 pages it is on sale for £3.50 plus £1.00 p+p 

Available from: Martin Phillips 30 Oakwood Drive, Billericay, Essex, CM12 0SA.

Cheques to ‘Thames Sailing Barge Trust’

See  our "Bibliography" Page for a list of books published on the subject of Sailing Barges  that are still available and are offered for sale by the Society.

Books marked # £PRICE (Postage Extra) books marked $ are secondhand books and both are usually available by post from:-  

  Roger Newlyn, SSBR Sales Officer,  7 Hopewell Drive, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 4PX.  Email: rogernewlyn@aol.com

(Pease contact him to ensure stock is available and that sufficient is added for the cost of postage). 

 

Updated 11/02/2014.