Thames Sailing Barges

Thames Sailing Barges have a substantial following for many different factors. They had been the workhorses of the East Coast prior to motorisation firstly in ships, but then subsequently on the roads gradually reduced their commercial viability.

Several these vessels still survive in numerous roles, some fully active, other people employed as house barges or are awaiting restoration, whilst several are rotting away, abandoned in creeks extended ago. On a good day you may get to see a barge off the Clacton coast coming from Harwich maybe going to Brightlingsea.

Thames Sailing Barge Centaur Charter Maldon Essex

Sailing Barge Edme

Built by Canns of Harwich in 1898, and named soon after the EDME Corporation (English Diastatic Malt Extract), situated at Mistley Quay, Essex, who’re still in production today.

Sailing Barge Edme


Sailing Barge Edme sailing passed Bateman’s Tower from Point Clear

Her present owners took her on in 1989 and have enjoyed considerable success in the annual East Coast Barge Races, taking the annual accolade of ‘Champion Barge’ several occasions since her arrival on the race circuit.

Getting one of only two enginless barges sailing nowadays, she takes pride in her sailing expertise. With small alteration since she was built, her substantial hold makes for an enjoyable open space below for those onboard.

Thames Barge and Fishing Smack

Thames Barge Beached and Fishing Smack sailing past Point Clear

Edme is now available for charter. Ideal for celebrating a special occasion with friends. Sail a Thames Barge, or relax and enjoy the sail. Sailing Dates

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