Greta was built by Stones for a barge sail maker called Hibbs in 1892 at Brightlingsea, Essex.
Length 80ft Beam 20ft, 49 net. registered tons
Greta's usual cargo consisted of grain, malt and building products, she did however carry some more unusual things for example the spars for the German Kaiser's racing schooner.
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 in the Thames Estuary. Greta took part in the evacuation from Dunkirk in 1940. and she is the oldest active Dunkirk Little Ship.
Greta is now owned and is home to Steve Norris. She is berthed at Standard Quay, Faversham during the winter months when the majority of maintenance is undertaken by Steve and his enthusiastic voluntary crew. In the warmer Spring & Summer Months Greta is based at the South Quay, Whitstable Harbour. Greta helps to towards her maintenance costs by taking passengers on sailing trips around the Thames Estuary from Whitstable Harbour.
Registered within National Historic Ships forming part of the Historic Fleet Reg No.206
Our passengers are very important to us but we could not keep the Greta afloat without the generous assistance of our sponsors
Faversham based Shepherd Neame (Master Brewers) are one of our main sponsors
CURRENT PROJECT - Replace engine and gearbox. see our fundraising page
FUTURE PROJECT (within 5 years) - New Side for the 'GRETA'
As this historic Thames Sailing Barge was built 120 years ago we need to replace one side of the barge. This major project, which is also, an expensive one. One side was replaced back in the 1980's. This project entails many hours in the dry dock and a tremendous amount of wood, not to mention skill and man hours. This is the project we would gladly except assistance with.
If you or your company would like to help preserve 'Greta' for future generations by way of fund raising, sponsorship or other financial assistance, please contact the Greta Skipper Steve Norris. All serious offers would be considered
CALL Steve Norris - The 'GRETA' Skipper on 07711 657919