Title: Sailing Barge Master – the Story of a Victorian Bargeman
Author: Capt. George Winn
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Details: George Winn first went afloat as third hand on a diminutive, well-worn and humble river barge, when just eight years of age. His maritime prowess blossomed and, after serving as mate then skipper aboard the craft of Kentish brick and cement maker Smeed Dean, he progressed to command much larger sailing barges working coastwise around the south-east of England and to the Continent. Always a self-reliant seafarer, he eventually decided to work for himself, rather than line the pockets of others; in other words ‘to steer his own ship’. This was a dream fulfilled when he became master and owner of the Rye ketch barge Diana, one of the largest of her type, engaged in the Channel trades.