Sunday, June 8, 2008
Thames Barge "Kathleen", 1880
1:80 scale wooden kit from "Authentic Models Holland".
The history of merchant ships is not filled with only large square riggers used on worldwide voyages, but also with many smaller coastal sailing vessels, needed to trade and freight where larger ships were too expensive or impractical.
The Kathleen was one of a vast fleet of Thames Barges which once worked on London`s tideway.
She, herself, has no particular claim to fame. Certainly she has led an eventful life -- she was once sunk in collision, was later washed op onto a beach in a gale, was reduced to being a lighter and has now been rerigged.