The Cambria Story

A history of the sailing barge Cambria.

The Cambria Story

£6.99

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Tags: Barge, Thames

Description

The sailing barge Cambria is a fast, handy and attractive srpitsail barge, one of the finest of her type ever built. When she was launched in 1906 the sailing barges were at their peak, with over two thousand of them trading, mostly from ports around the Thames Estuary.  Barges had been slowly evolving over the past hundred and fifty years so that a great deal of trial and error had gone before her.

This book tells her story in words and pictures, from her successful and busy trading years before the second world war, then as cargoes became less profitable but still managing to trade up until the 1970s, through restoration in the early 2000s and finally relaunch in 2011.

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About The Author

Robert Simper

Robert Simper’s home has always been in Suffolk.  He was born in Blaxhall, grew up in Bawdsey and has lived most of his life in Ramsholt.  He led a conventional farming life until he had a bad back injury and turned to writing as well as farming and sailing.  He is best known for his series of books about the rivers on the East Coast of England, but has written extensively on traditional work boats all over the world and in 2010 the World Ship Trust awarded him a citation ‘for many years of helping to record and preserve so much of the country’s vintage sailing craft’.

Robert has written over 40 books since his first in 1967.  Many are now out of print – those that Bittern still have are highlighted with links to the product page.

East Anglian Books

  • Over Snape Bridge (1967)
  • Woodbridge and Beyond (1972)
  • Suffolk Show (1981)
  • East Anglian Coast & Waterways (1985)
  • Suffolk Sandlings (1986)
  • Woodbridge: A Pictorial History (1995)
  • Suffolk: A Fine Farming County (2007)
  • Woodbridge to the Coast (2008)
  • Coastal Suffolk (2009)
  • Coastal Essex (2011)
  • Over Snape Bridge Revisited (2019)
 
Sail Books
  • East Coast Sail (1972)
  • Scottish Sail (1974)
  • North East Sail (1975)
  • Victorian and Edwardian Yachting (1978)
  • Gaff Sail (1979)
  • Sail on the Orwell (1982)
  • Sail: The Surviving Tradition (1984)
  • The Cambria Story (2012)
British Isles
  • British Sail (1977)
  • Britain’s Maritime Heritage (1982)
  • Beach Boats of Britain (1984)
English Estuaries Series
  • The River Deben (1992)
  • The River Orwell and the River Stour (1993)
  • Rivers Alde, Ore and Blyth (1994)
  • Essex Rivers and Creeks (1995)
  • Norfolk Rivers and Harbours (1996)
  • Thames Tideway (1997)
  • River Medway and The Swale (1998)
  • Rivers to the Fens (2000)
  • Up the River Deben (2006)
Autobiographical
  • In Search of Sail (1998)
  • Family Fields (1999)
  • Voyage Around East Anglia (2001)
  • Creekside Tales (2004)
  • The Best Crop (2014)
Coast in the Past
  • Forgotten Coast (2002)
  • Sunrise Coast (2002
  • The Lugger Coast (2003)
  • The Barge Coast of Suffolk, Essex and Kent (2007)
  • The Beachman’s Coast Suffolk (2015)

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