A day trip on the 'GRETA' Thames Sailing Barge is a trip with a difference.  Here are a few quotes from our satisfied passengers.

if you would like to add a testimonial please e-mail it to admin@greta1892.co.uk

"Fantastic" I have not felt so relaxed for years"

" What a surprise party. I like one every year"

"Chartering the Greta was the best day out ever"

"I was worried before boarding but Steve made everyone feel relaxed. I even fell asleep!

"We had great fun helping with the sailing. The kids loved it!"

"Many thanks for a great day" Our guests were amazed at the peace and quiet. Our company will be chartering the'GRETA" again" 

Greta Sailing Barge Testimonial from Michelle & Mike Town

Greta Saloon
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Anniversary Trip

Dear Steve

We just wanted to say a massive thank you for making us feel so welcome on board Greta today. It was such a beautiful day and the perfect way to spend our anniversary.

Thank you for taking the time to chat and tell us about the forts. We have now donated and wish you all the best in raising the money needed.

Take care.

Kind regards

Michelle and Mike Town

Greta Barge Testimonial Karen and Mark Robinson

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Greta returns to Whitstable Harbour after a trip around the Thames Estuary.

Hello Steve and Penn,

Just wanted to say how much we enjoyed our trip on Sunday – weather was perfect. The crew were very hospitable. Steve you were very knowledgeable about the forts – my hubby was thrilled to see them up close. Thanks for all the cups of tea/coffee, much appreciated.

If you ever decide to sell the mugs let us know we’d love to buy a couple – you could make it a sideline 

Don’t know if you saw the attached photo taken as we returned to harbour on Sunday?

Look forward to hopefully joining you for another trip someday – I assume Greta goes to other destinations along the coast?

Thanks again

Karen and Mark Robinson



Greta Barge Testimonial Ray & Janet Edge

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Feedback from a Greta Barge up the Swale
Click on the image to see more pictures

Just a few photos to say Thank you for looking after us all today. I can rightly say that we all had a tremendous time. Wishing you all the very best for the future and many more trips to come. 
Kindest regards
Ray and Janet Edge


Greta Sailing Barge Testimonial from Bob Turk

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Dear Steve, Thank you so much for such a happy and enjoyable day on Greta yesterday. You made myself and my family so welcome, as indeed did Dom and Helen. George was very informative, and it the whole experience relaxing. I very much hope that we shall be able to join you and Greta on another occasion in the future and visit the wind farm, forts, etc I do hope that the weather this summer allows you to have a very successful season. Kind regards, Bob Turk.

Greta Sailing Barge Testimonial from Sue Davis

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Hi Steve


I just wanted to say that Paul and myself had a brilliant day out on The Greta on Sunday, the weather was perfect and the day was so relaxing and made me smile from start to finish (and beyond!).


I have attached a selection of photos – you probably have many of the same shots but I thought I would share them anyway.


Thank you again.

I’m sure we will be back for another trip !.


Best regards


Greta Sailing Barge Testimonial from Derek Carter

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Hi Penni 

Myself and Noirin would like to say thank you and how much we enjoyed the trip on Sunday. It was a great experience and the hospitality was superb.

We will definitely recommend to family and friends and would look to book again sometime in the future  

Thanks again. 

Greata Sailing Barge Testimonial from Chris Elsmore

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Hi Penni,

Please accept our grateful thanks for making our pilgrimage to U.K from Australia a memorable time.

Our group of four really enjoyed our day aboard Greta on 15 June 2018.

Steve was so helpful with car parking, assisting us aboard and making our sailing day a special treat.

We enjoyed a full day under sail, apart obviously, the departure and arrival in harbour. We were amazed how close we got to the forts and the history we learnt from Steve.

To spend time aboard a "Dunkirk Little Ship" was an honour we will not forget.

Long may she sail.


Chris Elsmore

Greta Sailing Barge Testimonial from Sian Newman

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Hi Penni and Steve


Just writing to thank you both for a wonderful trip on board Greta last Sunday to celebrate my son’s 30th birthday. Everyone in our party agreed it was a very special experience that exceeded our expectations and which will provide us all with lasting happy memories. It really could not have been bettered. Thank you also for your hospitality and for the use of the on-board facilities that were perfect for our catering during the trip. The parking was much appreciated too.


Greta is lovely, above and below deck. As it was our first time on a traditional sailing vessel it was really interesting to see the workings of the sails and rig. Having owned a wooden vessel, my family could appreciate and admire the effort needed to keep her in such great condition; particularly as she is such an important part of our maritime heritage.


I’m sure our son and daughter will send you some photos at some point – they are adept at that kind of thing!


With kind regards


Sian Newman

Steve Norris is the Owner/Skipper of the the historic Thames Sailing Barge 'Greta' and is married to Penni

Greta Sailing Barge Testimonial from Margaret Douet

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Dear Steve and Crew,
                          Thank you so much for giving us such a wonderful trip up and down the Swale on Sunday - the most memorable Ruby Wedding celebration ever. . . . .
                          Everyone enjoyed their time aboard The Greta very much.  You were all so helpful, cheerful and relaxed which was to conveyed to everyone aboard - even to  Stephanie who had taken her seasick pills!
                          I have attached a few snaps of you all so I hope that you like them.
                          Hoping to see you again sometime for another trip.
                          With best wishes and thanks.       
                           Yours sincerely,    Margaret Douet.
Steve Norris is the Owner/Skipper of the the historic Thames Sailing Barge 'Greta'

Greta Sailing Barge Testimonial from Pete and Sarah Sibley

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Hi Steve,
Just a brief email to thank you for a wonderful experience last Wednesday. We
really enjoyed the afternoon, haven't felt so relaxed in ages.
We took some photos (attached) which we thought you might like. (there 
are many
more, but wouldn't want to bore you!!)
Best wishes for the future,
Pete and Sarah Sibley.

Greta Sailing Barge Testimonial from Dyslexia House

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Dear Steve,
Dave and Di Maxwell have just emailed me about their wonderful trip on 
your barge. Dyslexia House would like to thank you again for your 
generous gift. I have added the item below to our website with a link 
to yours. I hope this is OK.

Many thanks Anne Powell
Dyslexia House AGM and BBQ

We had a good turn out for our second AGM on Sunday the 12th June 
2011. The weather was poor but, we still had a good time. We would 
like to thank all those who braved the weather to attend.

Our main raffle prize "A Trip on the Greta Thames Sailing Barge" was 
won by Dave and Di they had a wonderful day out. Dave and Di said," We 
had a brilliant seven hours at sea, full of interest and fun, with 
very congenial company. We took our grandson with us too. He enjoyed 
it so much that he didn't want to get off at the end. Highlights for 
him were the seals we were taken to see and two, on board, cute little 

We would like to thank the Greta's Skipper - Steve Norris for this 
generous raffle prize.

Greta Sailing Barge Testimonial from Maureen Furlong

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Hello! Steve,
          I was on Greta yesterday with my Uncle Norman & a friend who's 
Dad was celebrating his 80th. I just want to say a BIG THANK YOU!! on 
behalf off all of us.
We all enjoyed our day & feel we were very lucky with the weather 
considering how it has been of late, i was especially impressed with 
your casual approach! (not constantly pointing out all sorts of health 
& safety issues) & treating us like grown ups rather than idiots!! I 
also liked the constant cups of tea, & best of all THE DOGS!!

I know you must get sent loads & loads of pic's  but here are a few more!!

                  Thanks Again Maureen Furlong

Thank you Maureen. Glad you all enjoyed the trip. Have a look at the slide show of your pictures by clicking on the picture above

Greta Sailing Barge Testimonial from Ruth and Richard Coleman

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Hi Penni

We felt that we really should write to let you know that we thoroughly 
enjoyed our trip on the Greta on Tuesday 14 June. It was an experience 
we are very pleased not to have missed. In fact we are considering 
taking another trip next year.

Steve and Robert were very helpful and interesting when answering our 
many questions. They are obviously both extremely experienced seamen 
and we felt quite comfortable and safe whilst in their care. Steve 
also kept us well topped up with drinks throughout the day.  Ludo and 
Alfie were very friendly, especially when we started eating our lunch.

We have attached a selection of eight pictures we took on the day and 
hope that you find them interesting. We actually took a total of 85!

Once we were back on dry land, we felt that we did not thank Steve and 
Robert properly and hope that this little note will put that right. 
Thank you Steve and Robert very much for a super day.

Kind regards
Ruth and Richard Coleman

Many thanks for the pictures -  Have a look at the slide show of your pictures by clicking on the picture above
Penni looks after Greta  administration and Promotion

Greta Sailing Barge Testimonial from Beryl C.

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Thank you so much for a most wonderful, unforgettable experience.  Everyone was simply bowled over by everything.  It was like some force had conspired to make the whole trip perfect,  including yourselves, fabulous weather, a kind sea, over-flights by biplanes, the seals and the Kingswear Castle Paddlesteamer saluting as it sailed past.  I hope we were reasonably well-behaved and not too raucous.  I know none of us knew what to expect but what we experienced exceeded anything we could have hoped for.


Again, thank you both very, very much



Steve said you all had a lovely day, and it was just a shame that Alfie and Ludo were home with me as I am sure they would have added their own force to the day.


I hope you choose to sail with us again one day.


Kindest regards Penni on behalf of Steve Norris

Greta Sailing Barge Testimonial from Darryl

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Just a brief note to thank you for the superb trip that we enjoyed on the Greta last Wed. My wife, my mother and our 3 friends had a great time.

All the best for the future.

Greta Sailing Barge Testimonial from the NCI Group

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On behalf of the NCI group, I would like to add a testimonial to your website as follows:


Thank you for taking our group to the Red Sands Maunsell sea forts and the offshore wind farm. Our trip was very relaxing, partly due to a lack of wind (!) and convivial. A lot of banter and chatting was had by all and the numerous cuppas were gratefully received!

Folkestone/Herne Bay & Whitstable NCI group, Friday 24 Aug 2012.

Dominique Morgan

Greta Sailing Barge Testimonial from Ruth Shane

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I really enjoyed my day out on Greta. What a beautiful boat, and so fascinating to see both wildlife and  the coastal landscape from her decks. I went on the trip by myself but everyone on board was very friendly and inclusive, and the crew were a real laugh. Thank you Steve!

 Ruth Shane - , London,

'Greta'Barge trip 17/08