The Prow of a Trow by Yampimon

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The sailing barges of the River Severn were known as “Trows” and hundreds of them once carried goods up and down the River Severn between Shrewsbury and Bristol, and along the coasts of Devon, Cornwall and South Wales.
The Spry, built in 1893 by William Hurd of Chepstow is the only remaining example of this type of craft and has been restored
She was 71.5ft. long and 18.2ft wide and spent much of her life hauling stone in the Bristol/Gloucester area. In her later life, she became a floating workshop and dumb barge towed by tugs. Her final resting place was in Digliss Basin in Worcester where in the early 80’s she was lifted from the mud, transported to Ironbridge Gorge, Blists Hill Museum where, over the next twelve years or so, she was lovingly rebuilt.


  • Colleen2012
    Colleen2012over 2 years ago

    Great framing. Love this close up so much. The detail in the cracked paint and the rusty bits is superbly captured. VIEW LARGE. Faved
    Love Colleen2012

  • Thanks Colleen, as usual I took far too many pictures of this lovely old boat, the textures in th paint were incredible. My other picture ‘Blockhead’ was also from this vessel.

    – Yampimon

  • Karen  Helgesen
    Karen Helgesenover 2 years ago

    Awesome shot! And…what a wonderful bit of history to go along with it! Excellent!

  • Thanks Karen, to think there were once hundreds of this type of boat and now there are just a few similar ones left. I believe there was a trow in the Queens Diamond Jubilee floating pageant last week though I didn’t spot it.

    – Yampimon

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesorover 2 years ago

    Fantastic capture!! :)

  • Thank you very much

    – Yampimon

  • Lissie E J
    Lissie E Jover 2 years ago

  • Thank you very much for featuring this picture Lisse

    – Yampimon

  • Judith Hayes
    Judith Hayesover 2 years ago


  • Thank you very much Judith

    – Yampimon

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderabout 2 years ago


  • Thank you very much for featuring my Trow picture

    – Yampimon

  • fauselr
    fauselrabout 2 years ago

    cool shot

  • Thank you

    – Yampimon

  • Nicole W.
    Nicole W.about 2 years ago

    VERY nice!

  • Thank you Nicole

    – Yampimon

  • MotherNature
    MotherNatureabout 2 years ago

    What a great tale of a life of service, then honor. Congratulations on your feature in A Love of Boats – FAVE:>)

  • Thank you, I like to find a little story to go with my images, if I can, I’m glad you like it.

    – Yampimon

  • Rafal Antoniuk
    Rafal Antoniuk12 months ago

    Nicely framed!

  • Thank you very much

    – Yampimon

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