Some images of local Sailing Barges including Hydrogen from a visit to the quayside at Maldon. Its nice to see these wonderful old hulks in there mud births where you are able to get a good look onboard and wonder at all the huge tackle and spars as opposed to sailing alongside or past while on the river. Hydrogen can be seen on the blocks beside Cooks yard. It goes without saying that the amount of work these historical craft need to keep them in such good working condition must be huge.
Each time I come here there is always someone onboard one of the barges doing some kind of maintenance task
Planking nicely stacked
Hydrogen's Shoal draft is clearly visible here at 3 feet
SB Cabby and Thistle stern
SB Pudge in her mud birth, the last time I photographed Pudge she was in dry dock under restoration in Lawling creek
SB Pheonician her holds well sealed against the elements now.
SB Wivenhoes deck can be seen to Pheonicians portside
SB Reminder the all steel sailing barge