Monday, 30 May 2016

Thames Barge - Malden and the River Blackwater

The weather forecast was not good and heavy rain and a 40 knots wind speed was predicted. We set sail at 06:00 hours under dark skies with an enthusiastic crew who certainly looked after us well.  We seem to be fed two-hourly starting with breakfast and the galley staff worked hard cooking all day, so lovely culinary aromas filled the air.   I knew we were getting something with chocolate at some time! Despite the forecast the wind did get up to 20 plus knots in the afternoon and it was very cold.
We set sail and headed round Northy Island, now owned by the National Trust and an important habitat for wild life.    It was nine miles to the estuary mouth where we turned round to return to the Quayside getting back at the  planned 18:00 hours. We passed Mersea Island known for its oysters and Roman history, and Blackwell which has a Roman shore for and early Christian chapel, St. Peter's.

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