Greta History

Greta History

A little bit of history and some interesting facts.

The 'GRETA' Thames Sailing Barge was built in 1892 at Brightlingsea, Essex by Stones.

Length 80ft, beam 20ft, draft 3ft, displacement 49 tons

'GRETA' was built for a barge sailmaker called Hibbs. He sold her to Owen Perry who owned a fine fleet of working boats noted for their smart turnout and racing success.

'GRETA's usual cargo consisted of beer, grain, malt and building products. She did however carry some more unusual things for example the spars for the German Kaisers racing schooner.

In 1918 'GRETA' was sold by Perry to The London Rochester Barge Company - which became Crescent Shipping.  Early in World War II 'GRETA' was chartered by the Ministry of Supply. Her cargo was ammunition from the Army depot at Upnor near Rochester to Naval vessels anchored at the Nore in the Thames Estuary.

'GRETA' is now privately owned by and is home to Steve Norris and 1st Mate 'Alfie' the dog and 2nd Mate 'Ludo' the dog.

In the Winter she is berthed at Standard Quay Faversham, and spends the sailing season (April - October) based  at the South Quay inside Whitstable harbour.

'GRETA' is maintained by Steve and his enthusiastic voluntary crew. Sailed throughout each season 'GRETA' regularly takes part in some of the sailing matches with other Thames Sailing Barges.