Most of the surviving fleet are available to charter. There are a wide range of charters available – race days, bird watching tours, river cruises, weekend expeditions to name a few. By chartering a barge, you can enjoy a unique experience whilst helping to support the ongoing sustainability of these historic vessels.
The spritsail barge has been in operation on the East Coast of Britain for centuries, but the industrial revolution fueled the evolution of this vessel into one of the greatest trading craft the world has known…
The barge owners and the sailing barge community do a gallant job of keeping these vessels maintained and in good seaworthy sailing condition, but there are times when this self preservation takes it toll on their personal pockets.
Founded in 1981 the Association is open to all who have an interest in Thames sailing barges. The current membership is over 100 members who are all barge skippers and mates, owners, and enthusiasts for these craft.
Sea-Change provides residential opportunities for young people and vulnerable adults to learn and develop in a unique environment. By living and working together aboard a traditional sailing vessel they participate in a wide range of life skills and are encouraged to take increasing responsibility for their contribution and group decisions.
Where to see?
Barges are nearly always moored in accessible places – view the map to see the best places you are likely to find a sailing barge up close.
Barges Need You! Volunteer!
Barges all around the East Coast rely on volunteers to keep them alive. Please get in touch with any of the following to see how you can help…