Barton Marine was a proud sponsor of Whitstable Harbour Day on Saturday 5 August, an event held to raise interest and insight into the vast history that Whitstable, Kent offers to British seafaring heritage.
Whitstable Harbour celebrates its history as a prominent port for trade, fishing, shipping crafts and restoration since 1832. The Harbour was connected to Canterbury by the famous steam train, the Invicta, the world’s first locomotive to operate as a regular income-based passenger railway, locally known as the Crab and Winkle Line which ran until 1952. Harbour Day is known for the Barge and Smack Race where dozens of classic boats take to the Sea to participate in this great sailing event.
This year, the wind did not participate and there was little movement by craft that set sail at midday…but a lovely sight for visitors to see the bold dark red and white sails of the racing boats in Whitstable Bay. This family day is hosted by the charity, Whitstable Maritime, raising money to provide a key centre on the Harbour called The Discovery Centre – a museum to house the precious history of Whitstable Harbour for generations to come. Barton was pleased to display its range of Classic Wooden Blocks on a Drascombe Lugger, a ship provided by our customer, Churchouse Boats, at the entrance of the Harbour. Our friends at Whitstable Chandlery and The Dinghy Store worked with us to ensure the craft was well looked after for visitors to enjoy. Barton Marine CEO, Suzanne Blaustone, was present during the day to talk with visitors about our Barton wooden block range and the 80 year history of Barton Marine in Whitstable. Next year’s event is on 11 August 2018….see you there!