Greta is a Thames Sailing Barge built in 1892 to be used as a working barge transporting cargo on the River Thames and the Thames Estuary. She carried ammunition, beer, grain, malt and building products. Although Greta no longer carries cargo she still works providing Thames Sailing Barge day trips for individuals and offers private charters from Whitstable Harbour Kent, The sailing season is usually from Spring (April/May) till late Summer (Sep/mid Oct). During the winter months she is moored at the Standard Quay Faversham, Kent.
You can also have private use of the 'GRETA' Thames Barge by chartering the barge for the day.
'Greta' is listed (no. 206) on the UK National Historic Ships Fleet Register.
'Greta' took part in the evacuation from Dunkirk in 1940, she is the oldest Dunkirk Little Ship that is still working today and is a member of the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships.
WHERE DO WE SAIL?
One of Greta’s most popular trips is a visit to the World War II Army Forts designed by Guy Maunsell. The Forts can be seen from Whitstable and Herne Bay. We regularly sail through the Kentish Flats Wind Farm, out to the Red Sands WWII Army Forts or towards Herne Bay Pier, Reculver Tower and back to Whitstable Harbour. Day trips on the Thames Barge Greta can be up to 6 hours long so we recommend that you bring cold drinks and sandwiches with you. We supply tea & coffee!
On another trip we could take a relaxing sail up the River Swale, under Kingsferry Bridge and see the wreck of the USS Montgomery off the Isle of Sheppey. We often watch the seals and seal pups sunning themselves, or lazily playing in the shallow water.
Trips around the Isle of Sheppey can also be arranged but due to tides would need to be a longer day sail.