At the new Thames Pageant in September the barge Lady Daphne was running trips for visitors from the Pool of London and through Tower Bridge.
Ten years ago a small fleet of barges used to go down to the Solent for Cowes Week charters, they even had a race down there. The cost of berthing and being forced to take expensive Pilotage has ended this practice and now it is rare for a barge to go outside the Thames Estuary.
Although the Alice is based at Portsmouth and appears to be mostly taking day charters.
Some sailing barges have left the Standard Quay, Faversham, which has been the main barge centre in Kent. Only the Henry, that fills on a big tide, and the Beric that needs a lot of repair remain and Cambria returns for the winter.
This is the result of a dispute which has been bubbling away for years. The barge owners believe the owner of the Quay put the berthing rates up to drive them away and the mooring chains were cut so that the area could be developed for restaurants and shops.
Tim Goldsack has moved his dry dock to Ham Quay in Oare Creek and had been repairing the Lady Daphne, after her Pin Mill Race collision. The Repertor moved to another wharf temporarily and may move to London.