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Thursday, August 05, 2010

'The Greta' Thames sailing barge

© Peter Gander SOLD
Recently on the subject of Whitstable's Oyster Festival, The Greta is a common sight in the summer around Whitstable too. A vintage Thames sailing barge, it is used today to take people on trips around the Thames estuary, for example over to the wind farms and I believe she is usually docked at Faversham, west of Whitstable. The 'bishop's finger' symbol on the mainsail (derived from a shepherd's crook) is a logo belonging to her sponsor, Shepherd Neame Brewery, Britain's oldest brewery, also based in Faversham. Watercolour on 300gsm Whatman watercolour paper (SOLD).

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