Thames sailing barge ‘Blue Mermaid’ heading to Ramsgate this July

The Blue Mermaid

Thames sailing barge ‘Blue Mermaid’ will be visiting Ramsgate on a Lottery Heritage funded community engagement sea-tour.

The barge will be in the harbour from Friday 12th July to Saturday 13th July and will be open to members of the public to come aboard free of charge from 6pm to 7pm on July 12 and 2pm to 6pm on July 13.

There will be an opportunity to meet the crew, have a look around a Thames sailing barge and view a display about the heritage of Thames sailing barges and the work of the few survivors of this historic fleet.

Immediately after the open time each day, there will be a free screening of the feature-length film ‘Wind, Tide & Oar’ to a seated audience inside the hold of the barge.

Seating is strictly limited to 40 places per day, and as a result a ticket will be required to view the film.

Tickets can be obtained free from:

Commissioned in 2019, Blue Mermaid is a faithful replica of the original Blue Mermaid which was one of the last Thames sailing barge built, in 1930, but lost during the war

Find out more about the Blue Mermaid at

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