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   The Society for Sailing Barge Research


Various members of the Society hold all sorts of documentation, photographs, information and records concerning the Thames Sailing Barge, the people who built and sailed them and the ports from which they sailed. Most of this information is held in private collections and is not readily available to the general public. However through the auspices of the Society we will where possible try to answer any queries members may have or attempt to put them in touch with members or people who may be able to help. A card index record of almost 4700 Sailing Barges is currently being computerised with a view to being able to provide members with known information on individual vessels.


As a Research Society we have talked for many years about having somewhere belonging to the Society in which we can store barge related documents and photographs which in someway can be accessed by members, barge historians and maritime researchers for the benefit of all. The Society has now set up a secure archive within the bounds of the Yacht Station at North Fambridge in Essex. North Fambridge is pretty central in barge terms and has rail station 10 minutes walk away and is approximately half way between Whitstable and Ipswich by road .

 The archive currently houses some 25000 accessioned items in appropriate storage conditions, which include catalogued collections of barge related photographs, documents, visual records & related materials in a format that will enable members & researchers to obtain information where required. 

Don Wright is our Archive Curator. The curator will undertake research on behalf of members. Nominal charges will be made  for photographic reproductions and photocopied material.


Records in the archive are available for inspection or for research purposes please contact

DON WRIGHT on TEL: 01621 841358  to make an appointment. (email: saltcotebelle@gmail.com)


So if you have any material, documents, photographs etc. that you no longer require we would be pleased to take them into the Archive. If any of this material is used in later publications or copies sold on, the donor will be suitably accredited.

Curator Don Wright :  TEL: 01621 841538  email: saltcotebelle@gmail.com

See Membership Page for Membership details.

Queries may be sent by Email to the Hon. Secretary at john.white6@talk21.com  See Email Page for other contact details. Or by post to John White, 5 Cox Road, Alresford, Colchester, Essex, CO7 8EJ.

Should it be your wish to donate your own collection of barge photographs, documentation etc to the Society Archive for preservation and for the benefit of others please complete and forward the SSBR BEQUEST FORM shown below.



Updated 16/05/2016