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 Thames Sailing Barge Trust

Celebrating 70 years of barge history

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Are you looking to sail on or charter a Thames sailing barge ? If so we can help.

You can sail on a Thames barge as an individual or as part of small group. Larger groups of up to 12 can charter a barge exclusively for their own use . Details about sailing with us, prices and how to book can be found on the Come Sailing and Bookings tab.


The TSBT is a registered charity that exists to preserve two Thames barges in sailing condition for the benefit of the public and to pass on the skills required to sail them. Although the TSBT owns the barges they are operated by a wholly owned trading subsidiary TSBT Sailing and Charters Limited. This is a non-profit company and all sailing fees and membership subscriptions are used to maintain and restore the barges and meet their operating expenses.

The Trust has no salaried employees.

Experiencing in full the pleasures and excitement of sailing on an historic vessel such as a Thames Sailing Barge is not as difficult as one might imagine. The Thames Sailing Barge Trust, which owns both Pudge and Centaur, offers the opportunity to sail to various locations around the Thames Estuary,  and also to take part in competition with other barges in the various barge matches arranged throughout the sailing season.

Centaur from Pudge (2013 Blackwater Match)

Pudge (2013 Southend Match)

Thames Sailing Barge Trust Leaflet

For more general information on the Trust, please download our information leaflet.

Thames Sailing Barge Trust leaflet

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