The Sailing Barge (SB) Cabby was the last Thames sailing barge to be built of wood and was launched at Strood near Rochester in 1928.

The Cabby worked as a motor barge carrying grain, animal feeds and other bulk cargoes sailing between London and the east and south coast ports with the occasional trip to the near continent.

During the Dunkirk crisis of 1940 she was enlisted as part of Operation Dynamo. Initially tasked to take drums of fresh water to the troops waiting evacuation on the beaches at the last moment she was diverted to the Clyde.

The Cabby worked continuously until 1970 when she was ‘rerigged’ as a company charter barge.

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