Sailing on the Greta

South Quay The Harbour Whitstable CT5 1AB

Take a stroll down to Whitstable Harbour and you might find moored an old and intriguing looking boat from days gone by. This charming vessel is The Greta, a traditional Thames sailing barge, built in 1892 and a survivor of the Dunkirk evacuation. Although the boat no longer carries it's cargo of ammunition, beer, grain and malt, it is still a working vessel and there are regular day-sails and barge races to enjoy, or you can charter the whole boat. Either way, there’s plenty of opportunity to join in, setting sails and hauling ropes, or just sit back and enjoy the trip around the estuary, taking in sights like the extraordinary Maunsell Forts, constructed in the 1940s as anti-aircraft gun platforms and later taken over by pirate radio stations. Maximum 12 passengers per trip so book well in advance.

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