2013 THAMES DRIVING BARGE RACE
Swiftstone attended and won best dressed tug!
2012 THAMES DRIVING BARGE RACE
2010 THAMES DRIVING BARGE RACE
JUNE 26th 2010
Swiftstone will be out on the river. (first event we have attended this year)
Sorry, big chunk of our event history missing here. Watch this space, I will try and recover the event data and put it in here. (Alan B, 2010)
2002 RIVER THAMES FESTIVAL
Swiftstone is proud to be participating in this unique event...
Siren Space by David
very loud music for sound system and tug horns
Siren Space is a musical composition designed to transform a space between two bridges and two river banks with electronic and live acoustic sound. The focal point of this audio work is the tug boat. Tug boats are central to the mythology of the Thames - their small size belied by strength and skill. In the organic flow of traditional river life they are the equivalent of the vitally important smaller fish that swim with marine mammals and sharks. The familiar space, a poetic cry from a species threatened with extinction by the economic development of the city. Siren Space extends this metaphor of marine and riverbank wildlife to the creation of a temporary subtropical soundscape. The air will come alive with the cries of unfamiliar and impossible creatures, all exchanging cryptic messages within their territory. Mid-river, legendary saxophonist Lol Coxhill will converse with the tugboats that gather there, while from the riverbank, the air will be saturated with the sounds and percussive rhythms of exotic, electronically generated life. Documents of human life break through this dream-like atmosphere from time to time, as the reminiscences of veteran watermen and tug boat skippers remind listeners of the rich vernacular history of their river. Siren Space has been composed and recorded by David Toop for The Mayor's Thames Festival 2002. David Toop is a musician, composer, writer, musicologist and sound curator. He has released six solo albums and curated five compilations (on Virgin Records). In 1998 he composed the soundtrack for the outdoor spectacular that closed every night of the Lisbon Expo. In 2000, he curated Sonic Boom, the UK's largest ever exhibition of sound art, displayed at the Hayward Gallery.
...if the events listed aren't enough to use up your energy get in touch and find out about restoration work on The Swiftstone...
July - the 287th Annual Doggett's Coat & Badge race.
4th & 5th August Sponsored Barge Driving - to aid the Dreadnought
Unit at St. Thomas' Hospital
your chance to have a go yourself...
August - Lower Thames Barge Race
& 2nd September
September - Great River Race,
Events on the Tidal Thames Summer 2000
As soon as all the paperwork is finished we'll be getting on with work on Swiftstone so that she can play a full part in events on the river - if you'd like more information or would like to be involved click here or get in touch. Meanwhile, there will be a list of events posted here...
Saturday 19th & Sun 20th August
(Gravesend Regatta)... barges racing at 3pm Sunday and other activites
Weekend of 12th & 13th August
Driving (rowing) Greenwich to Erith and
from Erith to Gravesend (Sunday 13th August). To raise funds for the
The Dreadnought Hospital Greenwich.
June 17th - at The Annual Barge Driving Race from Greenwich to Westminster
Every year dozens
of brave (mad!) chaps race 30 ton barges 'between the Palaces of Greenwich
and Westminster'. What makes this really incredible is that they propel
them in the traditional manner 'rowed under oars'. 3 man teams row these
barges with 30foot oars which sometimes snap under the pressure. It's
an amazing sight and can be viewed from many vantage points along the
river during the afternoon.
June - Probably the last ever Dunkirk Little Ships crossing of the Channel.
This incredible event celebrates the contribution made by civilian boat owners to the Liberation of Europe from the Nazi's as they crossed the Channel in tiny ill-equipped pleasure craft at their own risk to evacuate the battered remnants of the British Army from the beaches of Dunkirk. Many of these fragile little boats have re-made the crossing over the years.
Our 'sister' vessel the Massey Shaw joined with other Thames Tugs in a 'guard of honour' to see the Little Ships on their way in style. She crossed the channel and returned as a support boat... you won't see her in the video clips though - she was carrying the camera crews!! (click here for more information about the Massey Shaw)
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