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Vintage 1930ís Watercolour ĎA Thames Bargeí

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Vintage 1930ís Watercolour ĎA Thames Bargeí

A nicely painted view of a traditional Thames Barge in a tranquil hazy sunlit setting. A thames sailing barge was a type of commercial sailing boat common on the River Thames in London in the 19th Century. The flat bottomed barges were perfectly adapted to the Thames Estuary, with its shallow waters and narrow rivers. The barges also traded much further afield, to the North of England, South Coast and even continental European ports. Cargoes varied enormously; bricks, mud, hay, rubbish, sand, coal and grain, for example. Due to the efficiency of a Thames Barges gear, a crew of only two sufficed for most voyages, although by todayís standards it would have been hard physical work sometimes. The vast majority of barges were wooden hulled between 80 and 90 feet with a long beam of around 20 feet. The hull form was as distinctive as their rig, being flat bottomed with a degree of flair to the sides and plumb ends. The stern was a transom, shaped like a section through a champagne glass, on which was hung a large rudder. A flat bottomed hull made these crafts extremely versatile and economical. They could float in as little as 3 feet of water and could dry out in the tidal waters without heeling over. This allowed them to visit the narrow tributaries and creeks of the Thames to load farm cargoes, or to dry out on the sand banks and mudflats to load materials for building and brickmaking. Unlike most other sailing craft these barges could sail completely unballasted, a major saving in labour and time. signed lower left C Euston. In a later wood and gilt glazed frame. Good condition, no fading. Size: 25.25cm by 20cm

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