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We were moored on the new 24 hr mooring at Hardley Cross on the night of Thursday 14 Aug and enjoyed a very peaceful night (We were the only boat!). On the Friday morning we were having breakfast when down river came the Thames sailing barge Cambria preceded by a BA patrol and with a BA tug (Canondale) in attendance. Even more surprising they turned her in the river just before they reached us, floated her down stream to the mouth of the Chet and then pulled her into the mooring ahead of us.

I went to have a word with the crew and was told they were waiting for a "window" to pass through Reedham rail bridge. They left about 9.00am as the bridge was to open at 9.30 for up to 40 mins and again turned her in the river using the tug.

I know she has been up to Norwich to recreate the journeys made in the early 1900's. Apparently in those times a steam tug would have provided the pulling power required.



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The Cambria under skipper Bob Roberts used to come up to Norwich in the 1960's. She made her last trip up in 1971 after being handed over to the Maritime Trust, and, at that time, went down river with the tide under her, simply using a topsail.  At the same time the Albion followed her and dropped down below the Haven Bridge simply using a drag chain.  I am pretty sure this is her only trip up here since.  A lot of Thames barges were built in Southtown & Cobholm  in GY.  The sister ship to the Cambria, the Hibernia was wrecked off the coast at Cromer.  It's an amazing achievement of rebuilding by the Cambria Trust.

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If she was waiting for the bridge to open, why were the masts folded?


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The avid reader of posts that you are, you will have spotted she has recently been in Norwich and she had just come downstream from there - I know they probably opened most of the bridges but Postwick Viaduct does not have a slot through the middle and they would have needed to drop their rig to get under that!!! Rather than put it up on the move, they were, I guess waiting to get moored up at Yarmouth.

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Cheers for that.

I had noticed that she had been to Norwich, but never gave it a thought about bridges up there (it's bit of the system I have yet to visit).



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Used to see sailing barges (converted to power) being used commercially and moored at R W Paul Ipswich Docks when I was a lad on my bike ! I'm sure Cambria was amongst the names I would have seen, can still recall the smells !

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FreemanBattyBat.

Its was highly likely that you did see the Cambria at Pauls Mill in Ipswich at that time. However she has never had an engine, and during her trading days was always a sailing barge. Bob Roberts her owner skipper would have nothing to do with engines.

After he sold her at the end of her trading days. Ironically he bought a motor ship The Vectis Isle and moved to the Isle of Wight. Trading in that area until he retired.  

Maurice

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