Hydrogen

Hydrogen lifebuoys
Lifebuoys on board the s.b. Hydrogen, another one of the fleet of preserved Thames barges on the River Blackwater at Maldon, Essex.

More information on her here and at the National Historic Ships website, which latter site states that Hydrogen was:

“Built of pitch pine on oak in 1906 by John Gill & Sons of Rochester, HYDROGEN was a large boomie (gaff ketch) rigged coasting barge capable of carrying 200 tons of cargo. Her owners were Burt, Boulton and Heywood, chemical manufacturers of Silvertown, and she was one of three similar barges built for them by Gills: Carbon, Oxygen and the last of the trio, HYDROGEN, all named after the elements that make up oil.”

Steam Tug Brent

Steam Tug Brent at moorings
This is the Steam Tug Brent:

“the last surviving steam vessel of the Port of London Authority’s fleet and one of only three surviving steam vessels left, of the many which were once in use on the River Thames and in the London docks’ system.

“She is one of only three steam TID class tugs left in Britain, of the 182 built for the Admiralty, as part of the War Effort. Brent is a good example of a smaller ‘Lighterage’ or ‘Craft’ sized steam tug, of which there were once hundreds working in the dockyards, rivers and tributaries around Britain. She is now one of only four left.”

Information from the Steam Tug Brent Trust.

In the clear, crisp autumn light on the day of my visit to Maldon in Essex, where she is moored on the River Blackwater, she was an irresistible camera subject. Continue reading

Buttresses at St Mary’s, Mundon

ashlar and flint buttresses

These buttresses to the nave of St Mary’s church at Mundon, Maldon are finished in fine ashlar blocks and infilled with uncoursed flints. What caught my eye was the way the flints defined the undesigned spaces between the ashlar blocks, creating random patterns. Here, I’ve created a collage of four of the buttresses which are better seen in this photograph: Continue reading

Thames sailing barges at Maldon

Thames sailing barges at Maldon
Maldon lies on the River Blackwater in Essex. There are still a number of Thames sailing barges berthed here. The two in this shot are the s.b. Pudge and the s.b. Reminder. Pudge is one of the Dunkirk Little Ships, having been involved in the rescue of the British Expeditionary Force from the beaches of Dunkirk in 1940.

More details from these barges below the fold: Continue reading