Hulked

Walk along the foreshore of any stretch of the East Coast and you will spy weed covered decaying timbers jutting from the mud, giving a hint to the presence of a ship’s last resting place.

It might be hard to imagine, but only 60 years ago, these vessels were homes, workhorses and in some cases, powerful racing machines watched by thousands of people as they charged down the river trying to grab their slice of glory.

Whilst they will never set canvas from lofty spars again, their memory is still kept alive by those that saw them underway or stood at the wheel guiding them on their passage.

The Hulked project captures some of these memories before they are lost in time and records the final days of the hulks before they slip beneath the mud for eternity.

Come and visit the Hulked team at the Festival of Chatham Reach on 17th September and share your stories of the famous racers Sirdar and Veronica – two barges that developed a great rivalry in the 1950’s and 60’s, that now lay only a few yards apart on the Medway marshes.

Key upcoming dates:

Saturday 17th September – Festival of Chatham Reach – research stand and performance – 10am-4pm

Thursday 20th October – Presentation and performance aboard sailing barge Edith May, Lower Halstow dock, ME9 7DZ

Book tickets – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/418002254997

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