The Sailing Barge Greta

The Greta is a historic Thames sailing barge built in 1892 by the Stone Brothers in Brightlingsea, Essex. Originally constructed for transporting various cargoes such as ammunition, beer, grain, malt, and building supplies, she played a significant role in both World Wars. During World War II, Greta was chartered by the Ministry of Supply to carry ammunition from the ordnance depot at Upnor to naval vessels in the Thames estuary. She also participated in the Dunkirk evacuation in 1940, making her the oldest active “Dunkirk Little Ship” still in operation today.

After her active service years, Greta was converted into a motor barge in the 1950s and later re-rigged as a sailing barge yacht in the late 1980s. She is currently based in Faversham, Kent, and offers chartered sailing trips from Whitstable Harbour. These trips often include visits to historical sites like the Maunsell Army Forts in the Thames Estuary. Despite no longer carrying cargo, Greta remains a significant piece of maritime heritage, maintained in full sailing condition and continuing to participate in barge matches and public charters.

Please contact Steve for further information and sailings on either

 

www.greta1892.co.uk

or

07711 657919

Sponsors

Meanwhile, two major civil engineering groups are playing an active part in the restoration of the Redsand Towers. They are Mowlem Marine (now Carillion) and Taylor Woodrow. Project Redsand are extremely grateful to both companies for their foresight and dedication to the conservation of our heritage. Both Mowlem and Taylor Woodrow have provided costly services to Project Redsand without charge. Both companies have supported the Project from the outset and without their support, this project would be difficult to realise.

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After several months of careful design and preparation, Mowlem Marine successfully completed the installation at the G1 (south) tower at Redsands. The ‘bespoke’ access system was built off-site at the Mowlem Marine base at the foreshore in Northfleet, Kent only…

Donors

A number of companies are now looking at the progress of Project Redsand with the view to assisting in the future.

Industrial Metal Services (IMS) is a UK-based supplier of a wide range of steel products and metalworking services. They offer various steel sections, tubes, sheets, plates, and mesh, as well as stainless steel and aluminum products. IMS serves both trade…
Helping the project fabricating new windows. hillsidewelding.com

Support and Consent

Contact has been made with Government agencies, and others who may be able to be of help and assistance in the project. The response to date has been encouraging, with support and/or approval to proceed having been received from:

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