Experience life aboard the
Thames Barge Edith May
National Historic Ships Flagship 2012
Barge Match Champion 2012
-ROCHESTER DICKENS FESTIVAL – 1hr sailing trips from Rochester Pier, Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd June. Book Online.
The Thames barge ‘Edith May’ is a fully restored historic ship, now available for sailing charter trips on the River Medway or as a unique, atmospheric, static venue. During the winter months, she is open as a Tea Room at her berth in Lower Halstow, Kent.
An 86ft, medium sized coasting barge, she is spritsail rigged and constructed of Pitch Pine on Oak. Originally built in 1906 for coastal trade carrying wheat and grain products, she also had a successful racing career before falling into sad disrepair during the 1990’s.
Purchased by her current owner in 1999, an extensive programme of restoration has been undertaken and completed. Now sailing once again, the Edith May Trading Company has been formed and invites you to join them on this most beautiful of sailing vessels.
Please explore the site to find out about the history and the opportunities available on this famous Thames sailing barge.