Thames Sailing Barge Repertor

The barge match, which takes place as part of Whitstable Harbour Day is joined this year (3rd August 2019) by Repertor, an historic, traditional Thames sailing barge

Repertor. Photo credit Peter Phillips

Repertor was built in 1924 by Horlocks of Mistley, on the River Stour in Essex. She worked in trade until the late 1960s, at first under sail alone, later with auxiliary engines.  Carrying general cargo, typically grain, fertiliser, feeds and timber, she could load up to 140 tons, equivalent to 4 HGVs.  She ended her trading days as a motor tanker, carrying acid for manufacture of plastics; nowadays she carries people instead.

The latin word repertor means ‘leader; explorer; discoverer; innovator; deviser’.

Now re-rigged as a traditional Thames Sailing Barge and fully fitted out for cruising and racing charters, she now offers the opportunity to discover the skills of traditional working sail, and in the process to explore the rivers, creeks and harbours of the East Coast and North Kent, sailing traditional trading routes along channels and swatchways of the Estuary and up the London River to the heart of the City.

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