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100 years ago...

By IanA  
100 years ago they didn't have fuel prices going through the roof, but then again they didn't use much fuel! They relied on wind power, and when it didn't blow, out came the oars!!
And, using those oars and choosing the right time of the tide, this Thames Barge, sailing out of the the Swale between Sheppey and mainland Kent (The Swale is the only river in the UK with two mouths) it took less than five minutes to get a mile down the river.

I could go on about the joys of yesteryear, but it was taken yesterday morning!! Wink
I've uploaded the original for comparison.

Thanks for looking.

Tags: Thames Transport Black and white Sail Barge

Voters: graceland, andytvcams, LynneJoyce and 28 more

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LynneJoyce Plus
11 22 101 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2008 4:07PM
Lovely mono.

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speedprint 12 18 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2008 4:39PM
great fuel costs..lets tax the wind
ketch 12 770 50 Turks And Caicos Islands
30 Sep 2008 7:01PM
This so cool - very well done indeed and I know I am right because I have a photograph of an East coast barge taken 100 years ago being hauled out of Lowestoft by an early water-paddle steamer. Your sepia image could easily pass as the real thing - so brilliant

Briwooly Plus
14 454 6 England
30 Sep 2008 7:20PM
Has to be V1 excellent B&W great subject

dawnmichelle 12 12 United States
1 Oct 2008 5:30AM
wonderful shot...looks well in the mono tone.. give a different feel to the shot
peter_oak 14 1 England
2 Oct 2008 10:27AM
Super mono shot Ian.

14 Oct 2008 10:36AM
This works perfectly in black and white Ian, I like the fall of the sails and the composition, a really lovely shot.
I didn't know you were around 100 years ago!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lol
IanA 16 3.0k 12 England
14 Oct 2008 10:38AM
You know I was Dad! Wink Wink

15 Oct 2008 12:44PM
Cracking mono Ian. God!!, I didn't realise I was so old. I can remember when sailing barges came up the River Fal, with cargoes of coal to feed our local gas works. Thanks for your visit.

MRSbiscuit60 12 224 United Kingdom
28 Oct 2008 7:54AM
I prefer the colour one with the strip of colour on the water. Trish
Mavis 18 143 2 England
12 Nov 2008 10:10AM
Much prefer the monochrome Ian . The coloured version looks rather garishly coloured and more of today than yesteryear xxx

Enjoy every minute , because you're in it !! xx
Emmog 11 38 1 England
15 Jan 2010 7:57PM
Nice vignette. Looks good in monochrome

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