David Pope and Steve Faldo Memorial Barge Driving Event -16th September

David Pope and Steve Faldo Memorial Barge Driving Events – 16th September 2018

The Steve Faldo Memorial Barge Driving Event starts at Tower Bridge at 16:30, finishing at Westminster Bridge at 17:30 (approx) The Thames Watermen’s way of commemorating the anniversary of the Marchioness disaster, the race takes its name from Steve Faldo, who was the Captain on board on that fateful evening. The event commemorates the skills of the traditional Thames Watermen and Lightermen who used to move freight around on the River Thames by barge under the power of oars or ‘sweeps’ and riding the strong tidal currents of the River Thames alone. The barges used today can weigh up to 30 tonnes and no more than three crew

members can row at any one time, using 20-foot oars to row along the river. The annual Steve Faldo Memorial Barge Driving Race is a great Thames spectacle, and tests of the barge crews’ navigational skills.

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

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