It’s become something of a standing joke on the Facebook barge-orientated pages that our friend Tricia Gurnett of the Society for Sailing Barge Research gets wound up by the fact that power stations spoil the view from the river(s) and so often get into the background of barge photographs. This started last year when Cambria was alongside St Andrew’s Wharf in Gravesend and then later moored just off shore on the trot moorings. She was in such a position that it was hard to avoid the big Tilbury power station on the north bank of the river. We published a few pictures with Tilbury in unawares and Tricia started gently ribbing us. Soon, naturally, we were doing it deliberately to tease her, with captions along the lines “and another shot especially for Tricia Gurnett” or even, in some cases deliberately framing Tilbury in bits of rigging, through ratlines or life belts etc. All good clean fun.
Today’s picture is a lovely one by Mark C and has something in the background which may strike you as familiar. Sorry, Tricia G!