Thames Sailing Barge Trust

A century ago over two thousand Thames sailing barges were used to transport goods around Britain and to Europe. Today only a few remain.

The Thames Sailing Barge Trust preserves two barges, Pudge and Centaur, in sailing condition for the public benefit - teaching the practice of seamanship, handling and maintenance of the barges.

Pudge was one of the last wooden barges built in 1922. A Dunkirk 'Little Ship' she played an important part in the evacuation of troops from the beaches of Northern France in 1940.

Her sides, stern and decking are being restored using traditional boat nails from Glasgow Steel Nail Co.

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Restoration work on Pudge

Pudge and Centaur

Pictures by kind permission of Thames Sailing Barge Trust