Thames barge Vigilant
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Thames barge restoration begins

Work has begun at a Devon port to restore a Thames barge dating back to 1904.

The Vigilant is believed to be one of only 30 such barges - which used to be based in London - to still exist.

It is being renovated by a team at Topsham Quay, near Exeter, who hope it to get it sailing again in 2014.

In its cargo-carrying days, the Vigilant was capable of carrying about 120 tonnes.

  • 21 Feb 2013
  • From the section England