History In The Abstract – Preserving History
Front and Centre – A Love of Boats
Front End Close Views – A Love of Boats
Down by the Sea
A Love of Boats
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.