A FAIR WIND FOR LONDON. SWANSONG OF THE SAILING BARGES.

Kemp, John.


£40.00




Maldon, at the Wave House, 1st.ed., 1983. Xii + 149 pp., 40 photo-plates. D.j., 22 x 16cm. Slightly torn d.j. (without loss) o/w V.G.+. By the early 1950s it was clear that the days of the Thames sailing barges were numbered but the author was determined to fight for the vessels he loved. In 1954 he founded the Thames Sailing Barge Trust and 16 years later its successor, the East Coast Sail Trust. As a result two of the finest coasting barges ever built, the THALATTA and SIR ALAN HERBERT, are preserved and used as adventure training ships. Illustrated with 40 photographs, this book tells the story of the twilight years of these old Thames working-horses and the new life as schoolships of the fortunate survivors.


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