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    Motor Barge 'Nellie'
    by Nerys ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    2 months ago
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    In the 1940s and 50s, many traditional Thames Sailing barges were converted into motor barges. This is a model, based on photos and my memory of the 'Nellie'. The sailing barge 'Nellie' was built by Cremers at Hollowshore, Faversham in 1901,. She traded under sail carrying about 90 tons of cargo around the Thames, Medway and Swale until about 1952 and then had the gear taken out, a Chrysler Crown petrol/paraffin motor installed and carried on trading for some years owned by R.Lapthorne & Co of Hoo on the River Medway.. She was eventually sold out of trade and is now privately owned. She has been rerigged with a reduced sailing barge rig without a topsail. My model is based on a 30" barge hull from Dave Watts Mastman.


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    2 months ago by marky ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Very nice boat Nerys,โ›ต
    Cheers Mark

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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Very nice Nerys,
    She looks good riding the waves.
    Nice work.
    Well done.

    Martin555.
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    2 months ago by jbkiwi ( Captain)
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    Great looking model, like the detailing, even to the oars in the dinghy.
    JB
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    2 months ago by Nerys ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Thank you, everyone, who has said nice things about 'Nellie'. I must admit, building her was very much a labour of love. Nellie played a significant role in my life in the 1950s. Soon after she became a motor barge. I was having the occasional trip on her, she was based locally and I knew the owner/skipper. There would be 'just going along for the ride' when she was doing a local freight, or, on one occasion, following a Thames Barge Race. Then when the late Bob Childs became skipper I would occasionally stand in as his mate if he was 'mateless' for some reason. Then eventually, Bob, whose knowledge of Thames Barges was second to none, was offered the skipper's job on Sully's 'Edith May', promotion indeed, and I became skipper of little 'Nellie'. Of all the barges I have sailed on, 'Nellie' was my favourite and I still have real affection for her. It was a delight to build the model and I'm sure I will spend many happy hours sailing her.
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    2 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    No more to be said really Nerys!
    Job very well done and a remarkable memento of times gone by๐Ÿ‘
    Enjoy!
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Nerys,
    Sorry but I forgot to ask did you make "Nellie"from scratch ?

    Martin555.
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    2 months ago by Nerys ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    I said in the first post that she was based on a 30" hull from Dave Watts Mastman

    Nerys
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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Sorry Nerys it's me having another moment.

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    2 months ago by Nerys ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Don't we all. Dave Watts produces some good hulls, I have just started a 42"barge based on his 'Portlight'. It's all very well building from scratch, I could do it, but I'm a bit lazier than I used to be. However when that barge is finished, I am planning on building a barge with a different hull shape, so that will be scratch designed and built.

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