//The Cambria Story

The Cambria Story

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‘The Cambria Story’ is written in conjunction with the Cambria Trust. When the 91ft sailing barge Cambria was launched in 1906 she was one of over two thousand barges trading from the East Coast ports, but she became the very last one trading under sail.

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The Cambria Story
Robert Simper

‘The Cambria Story’ is written in conjunction with the Cambria Trust. When the 91ft sailing barge Cambria was launched in 1906 she was one of over two thousand barges trading from the East Coast ports, but she became the very last one trading under sail. For most of her career Cambria didn’t sail in isolation so the story covers some of the other barges of the era.
The Cambria was built at Greenhithe, on the lower tidal River Thames, for the general coastal trade. She, and her sister ship Hibernia, were the last sailing barges built by F.T.Everard the shipping firm of F.T.Everard and Sons. It was F.T.Everard’s sons Will and Fred who built up Britain’s largest fleet of coastal vessels and keep the Cambria sailing long after all the other barges had been converted to power vessels.
‘The Cambria Story’ traces, with words and black and white and then good colour photographs, the early days of Cambria, when she was just an ordinary working craft sailing to near Continental ports, to the years after World War II when she was the very last British coastal vessel trading under sail. The Cutty Sark of the short seas.
She became a ‘celebrity barge’ and her progress was well documented, paticularly when Bob Roberts became her skipper. This capable and colourful skipper was determined to go on trading under sail as long as possible and carried cargoes under sail until 1970.
After her trading days finally ended the Cambria slowly fell into disrepair and then rot set in. Tony Ellis set out to try and save the barge and this was a very long process, covering over twenty-two years, culminating in getting a Heritage Lottery grant. Tim Goldsack totally rebuilt this wooden barge and she was re-launched at Faversham in March, 2011.
‘The Cambria Story’ brings the barge’s past to life while she sails on into a new era.

Published May 2012.

15,658 words, 30 photos, mostly colour 56 pages

Soft back

ISBN 978-0-9563299-2-9