Background to the Thames Barge.... Its origins... Some history...Where and why it plied its trade in Whitstable... Impacts on the local community
Simple Guide to the Thames Barge - including key design features, terminology, diagrams and illustrations
Barge operations and methods at Whitstable harbour of the past
Whitstable Barge Operators of the past including Daniels Bros. The complex question of barge ownership
Bravery of Whitstable skipper George James Packman when 3 local barges were struck by a Cunarder
Stories of Whitstable bargemen... and their families
Names and brief histories of some barges that visited Whitstable harbour
The Vigilant - a craft that may never have visited the harbour.... and may never put to sea from Whitstable. However, it served the town for 40 years and, locally, became its best known Thames Barge
Barges during the dangerous time of the Flood of 1953
Direct link to the web site of the Society for Sailing Barge Research
Direct link to the "Thames Sailing Barge Home Page"
Direct link to the web site of the Thames Sailing Barge Trust
Whitstable ended it's working association with the Thames Barge over three decades ago but the legacy remains and the vessels can still be seen at the time of the annual barge races. In this section we team up with our readers to document a few memories, discuss some of the history and share a range of photographs of the Thames Barges of Whitstable.
We would like to extend our thanks to all those who have contributed to the feature so far. Names and ackowledgements appear alongside specific entries.