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
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