CAMBRIA is a wooden Thames sailing barge, built at Greenhithe, Kent in 1906. She is famed as the last British registered vessel to carry a commercial cargo under sail alone (until 1970) and as such forms a unique part of our industrial and maritime heritage.
Since her rebuild Cambria has worked with various charities taking predominantly Young Carers on weekend sailing experiences. She is also used to train personnel for the Thames Boatman Scheme, and other charities training volunteers, particularly people wishing to become mates and third hands, in an endeavour to meet the dearth of people qualified to sail barges.
She races with charter parties in all the local barge matches prioritising the Thames and Medway Matches. When suitable alongside berthing facilities with good public access can be found S B Cambria is made available to visitors on board, including schools.
We plan to continue in this vein but her engineless status makes it very challenging. It is hoped to extend her work portfolio to include corporate events, perhaps team building, and business conference days. Consideration will be given to involving senior pupils in sailing experiences.