A few images from the River Colne barge match.
Other than this picture of Decima sporting the Tiptree logo on her tops'l, which I think is brilliant to see today. The theme of these images was to include a piece of the barge from where they are taken.
It is similar to the Through The Porthole images in that I am framing the subject. This is something I like to play with when taking pictures as in many instances I feel the viewer has a better perspective.
For the weaker willed sailors among us the romance of sail can sometimes be cruely shattered. To have to wake at 04.00 am to do a spot of winching,(raising the anchor)which lasts for about ten minutes and is best described as a full blown cardio and muscle endurance blast, is not everyones cup of tea, but it gives a good insight to the working life of the crew who would have lived aboard these old barges in the heyday of working sail.
Decima's tops'l fills as her mainsail slowly unbrails.
Marjorie and the cute little farm barge Cygnet. Note the tiller steering on Cygnet
Observed through this giant fairlead the luffing begins on a beautiful morning
Smacks were first to take off, the gun cracking half an hour before the barge start