This week we’re launching our ‘Be The 200’ campaign to raise awareness of our Patreon page and encourage people to sign up and help maintain these National Historic Ships.

200 is a key number for us, we’ve worked out that with 200 patrons we can successfully; 

  • Ensure the fixed costs of maintaining the Sailing Barge ‘Edith May’ and Whitstable Oyster Smack ‘Thistle’ are met, creating a sustainable future for these boats and engaging the next generation of sailors – #SailingBargeEdithMay  #ThistleF86
  • Improve our volunteer and apprenticeship programmes, with dedicated tuition time and better tools. 
  • Establish a new business model for other historic craft and heritage sites to learn from.

The first 200 patrons will be super people who share our vision. As a little thank you to the first pioneers on our adventure we have made limited edition Tiller & Wheel T-shirts. Only available to our first 200 patrons, they can be worn with pride by the owners, knowing they’re a part of Sailing Barge history. 


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