Barge Driving Race 30th June 2018

Thames Barge Driving Event – 30 June
Come and watch this real test of stamina in which lightermen row barges with 18-foot oars between Greenwich and Westminster. Thanks to their win last year the Company’s barge ‘Apprentice Lighterman’ will be given a five minute penalty, thus giving our deadly rival the PLA’s ‘Blackwall’ a distinct advantage – game on! While it’s free to watch from the embankment or bridges, tickets are also available on the following boat by emailing Anne Robinson. see below for details.

If any Freemen, friends and family would like to follow and watch the event there is a following boat, the Sarpedon. It will leave Greenwich Pier at 1145hrs and return at 1530hrs. A buffet lunch will be included. Tickets priced at £40 are available from Anne Robinson at


The Company of Watermen and Lightermen, 16 - 18 St-Mary-at-Hill, London, EC3R 8EF

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