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SB Westmoreland: The next Cambria Project?

April 18, 2011

There are a busy couple of days on the Quay today and tomorrow as the last but one big tide before the lease ends gives an opportunity for some major boat movements. These will start an hour before high water:

Cambria will return from Iron Wharf, newly masted, to spend the last couple of months on the Quay before her new sailing season.

Lady Daphne, after her months of repair work on her side in dry dock, will be leaving for her busy schedule of charters and races.

Greta is floating out of dry dock after a week of routine maintenance before she returns to her summer berth at Whitstable for her new charter season.

But the BIG NEWS: SB “Westmoreland”, the barge last sailed by Colin Frake’s father Charlie Frake, is going into dry dock for restoration. Colin had always hoped her restoration would take place in Faversham, but who knows where this major project will take place now. Westmoreland has recently been added to the National Historic Ships register.

People often ask where barges can still be seen apart from Maldon and Faversham. A good summary of the remaining moorings can be found on the website of the Society for Sailing Barge Research:

Hopefully, photos of this week’s activities will be posted soon.

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  1. Robert Munro permalink
    July 27, 2011 5:09 pm

    Would be wonderful news if Westmoreland was saved. I was proud to be one of her racing crew – our best result, 3rd in the Pin Mill match. Last year I visited the quay to see if she was still around and was horrified to see her sunk and mud-filled. I couldn’t bring myself to take the photograph I had intended.

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