Submitted on Tuesday, 30 June 2015 - 5:31pm
Full Name: Jonathan Fleming
Subject: Thames Barge Boat Parade
Can I please have permission to organise a historic Thames Barge Boat Parade
on the river Thames.
Thames barge boats have a deep historical value to London with over 2000 of
these vessels on the registry in their heyday at the turn of the 20th century, but that century saw a steady decline in their numbers following
the Second World War, the coastal barge trade diminished as the nation became
more mechanised and cargoes went by road instead of by sea,
To get theses boats a good bit of promotion to keep alive what is becoming a
dying historic commodity that should really be valued by London and all those
who visit London, we need a designated place to moor (preferably where we can
get good public access so that the public can come aboard and view the
vessels), and of course dates that can be give to us for the event
(preferably a summer time / summer holidays date),
I would like to have a permit to sail as many as 30 sailing barges right up
the Thames coming in from the estuary and back out again after mooring for a
day at a designated mooring that could be given to the boats.
I can give you a lot more details once we can get into discussions on
planning the event, but in principle if you can tell us if this would be
feasible, it would help us with being able to get sponsorships and
advertising for the vessels.
(Crew Member of Edme Barge - www.EdmeBarge.com)