Now here’s the thing!
I am creating a new page in this website – find it from the top black menu bar, via ‘About’ then ‘Restoration’ then ‘Shipwrights and The Team’
My intention is to honour and recognise all those who physically built, or helped build, the barge; anyone who sawed a timber beam, shaped a carling, chiseled, hammered, adzed or wielded a screw driver. I want shipwrights, riggers, the sail maker, caulkers, painters (including the volunteers), the metal work engineers, the Sparks, Plumbers, graphics makers, anyone who shoveled sawdust out from the bilges, squished anti-foul up into bolt-holes underneath, hefted a winch body on deck or welded a leeboard.
What I would like to produce here is a complete list of their names, nicknames if appropriate and a short description of their part in the almighty task we have completed here. These guys (and girls) have done a fantastic job and their efforts are not recognised anywhere else in one list. I can recall a lot of them, although sometimes only forenames or nicknames, so I will start the ball rolling. Please pile in through the comments section or by emailing in on CambraTrustSecretary@live.co.uk for anybody you know about or can think of, or whose details you can furnish us with. On the other hand, also please tell us if we have included ‘you’ up here and you do not wish to be so mentioned. The last thing I want to do is offend anyone by including them when this is not their cup of tea. I am bound to have forgotten somebody. I appreciate that a lot of people did other stuff voluntarily (man the Visitor Centre, shop, photo’s, video, exhibitions in Fleur de Lis etc, and their turn will come. This page is about the physical, hands-on creation of the barge.
Meanwhile, a lovely shot from Dave Brooks of SB Thalatta off Queenborough in the sunset. I have used the same shot as a front page slider on this site, too. Thalatta is a big, recently restored mulie-rigged lady and, as such, is quickening a few pulses as a possible race-within-a-race on Saturday’s Thames Match. Exciting stuff. The Rivals?