TQ7178 : Stormy weather: sailing-barge 'Cambria' in the Lower Hope

taken 5 years ago, 3 km from Cliffe, Medway, Great Britain

Stormy weather: sailing-barge 'Cambria' in the Lower Hope
Stormy weather: sailing-barge 'Cambria' in the Lower Hope
I took this photo at a time when there was heavy rain within sight to the west and south, dark cloud over Essex to the north, and distant thunder in the east. This is a remote and exposed stretch of the Thames shore, so shortly after I'd taken the photo I headed back inland, knowing that if the heavens opened I could find some sort of shelter in the ruins of the explosives factory. Even then, there'd still be a couple of miles ahead of me before I reached a made-up road, at Cliffe village. Luckily the rain held off for a while, but then it arrived with a vengeance.

Cambria is probably the best-known of all surviving Thames sailing barges, having been the last to carry commercial cargo under sail. Her last skipper in days of trade was Bob Roberts, who doubled up as a musician, best known for the song 'Stormy weather, boys' - which tells a story of barge sailing.

Photo taken on the day of the 2016 Thames Barge Match, Cambria being the last but one of the fleet to head home from the outer estuary.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 25 June, 2016   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 5 July, 2016
Geographical Context
Coastal  Historic sites and artefacts  Sport, Leisure  Air, Sky, Weather  Estuary, Marine 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 7125 7871 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:28.8852N 0:27.8898E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 7145 7860
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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