Walsh, Richard.


Lavenham, 1st.ed., 1986. X + 190 pp., over a hundred photographs ; map e.p’s. D.j., 23 x 18cm. FINE. The sailing barge KATHLEEN was launched from Lewis Glover’s yard at Gravesend in 1901, just one of a great number of spritsail barges trading on the Thames and Medway and along the South and East coasts of England at this time. The KATHLEEN was so well built that she survived more than half a century of trading under sail, and then under power, to become one of the first barges to be restored back to sail in the 1960s. By 1986 she had become a houseboat in Holland. The author was responsible for her restoration and traces her career. He describes the day she was sunk in the Thames by a Cunarder ; tells of the skippers and mates who sailed her in all weathers ; and the Whitstable men who owned her for much of her working life. Illustrated with over a hundred photographs.

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