Researching the family histories of barge workers on the rivers of southern England



Welcome to THE BARGE MEN website



Were your ancestors associated with Thames Sailing Barges or lighters, Watermen and Lightermen or the London Docks?  We have a large number of family names, sailing barge names and sailing barge histories already logged but please keep watching this page for details of our website dedicated to researching their family histories.


Our site is dedicated to researching the history of Thames sailing barges and barge builders and the watermen and lightermen who worked on the wharves and docks along the river and travelled the Thames from Middlesex, Kent, Surrey and Essex to London.  Links can be found to other river sites.


We've extended our family history research to the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk and are collating information about local wherries, wherrymen and their families.


Island History Open Days in 2012 - Saturday 5th, Sunday 6th and Monday 8th May
The archive of over 5,000 old photographs of the Isle of Dogs and its people is available and Entrance is FREE
Go here for details


Site update May 2012