Launched in 1892 'GRETA' is one of the oldest remaining Thames sailing barges left in Britain. Their heyday came at the turn of the 20th century when over 2,000 were on the shipping registry and working in and around the Thames Estuary and the old London Docks. Only thirty barges remain with a few still working as pleasure craft. In 1940 Greta took part in Operation Dynamo to rescue troops from Dunkirk. You can now have a trip on board 'GRETA' from Whitstable Harbour during the warmer months. The Sailing Season for 2020 has ended. She will now undergo maintenance to be ready for the start of the Sailing Season in April/May 2021.
Many thanks to all of our passengers who travelled on board the historic Thames Sailing Barge 'GRETA' in 2020. We will be sailing again in 2021 and will soon be offering Gift Vouchers for future trips.
Safety Notes for all Passengers
Passengers board and disembark at their own risk via a near vertical ladder attached to the Harbour wall. Passengers must ensure that they wear suitable clothing and flat footwear. A safety briefing is given on board prior to sailing.
Maximum of up to 12 passengers on each trip
Steve Norris - Greta Owner/Skipper