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    Thames lighter
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    21 days ago
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Thames lighter
    21 days ago by Nerys ( Commander)
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    Very nice indeed Jacko. Both tug and lighter look great. Two nicely built models. Are you going to have two lighters abreast, or just the one. I think push tugs are a relatively new thing in the UK , when I worked on the London river, sixty and more years ago, lighters were always towed, in a string, two abreast and often up to eight in total. Deep laden, water almost on deck, often with quite a diminutive river tug pulling them, they were a normal sight slowly moving on the tideway.

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    πŸ’¬ Re: Thames lighter
    17 days ago by Nerys ( Commander)
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    Having re-read my post above, it reminded me of something that regularly happened years ago. Strings of lighters deepladen with coal used to be a regular sight going up the Medway on the Chatham Dockyard side of the river. A local rogue, who lived on a houseboat on the Lower Upnor side whenever he needed to top up the coal supply for his cabin stove would, on seeing the lighters slowly moving up river, scull (one oar over the stern) his workboat across the river, catch a turn on the rearmost lighter, fill a couple of sacks with coal, cast off and return to his houseboat on the other side. As far as I know, he was never caught, or more likely, never stopped.

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