The last of the Thames Barge skippers
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Meet Jimmy Lawrence, one of the last men to skipper a working Thames barge

Meet Jimmy Lawrence, one of the last men to skipper a working Thames barge. He has been working on these beautiful sailing boats for nearly 70 years.

In their heyday, there were over 2,000 barges on the Thames until river transport was overtaken by goods delivered by road.

But Jimmy's passion for these majestic boats lives on.

Britain Afloat is on BBC One London and South East on Friday, 29 September at 19:30 and on BBC Two on Saturday 30 September at 20:00. It will also be available on the iPlayer across Britain for 30 days thereafter.

  • 29 Sep 2017