Blue Flag - The Barge Association Magazine

Blue Flag - The Barge Association Magazine

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Blue Flag 139 February 2020

UK rally at Chatham Dockyard; Continental rally in Pontoise; DBA Annual General Meeting; Diesel fuel bug; Through the porthole with Verandering; A Rhine Trip from Strasbourg to Kerkdriel

Blue Flag 138 December 2019

Winter in Saint Jean de Losne France; New dry dock facility; Battery charging; Winter warmers; Time to Swallow the anchor; The Canal du Midi

Blue Flag 137 October 2019

SOS French canals under threat; Understanding traditionalbarge windlasses; Personality post with Pete Milne; Through the porthole with Iceni; A day in the life of a shipyard; The history of Dirkje part II

Blue Flag 136 August 2019

A barge owner in time; Reflections in the water with John Bowen; DBA UK rally at Kingston upon Thames; Winter ports, Roanne; The history of Dirkje

Blue Flag 132 December 2018

A day in the life of a shipyard; Barges from the Great War; The art in barging; Swallowing the anchor; Through the porthole with Nautilus; 

The 'art in barging' article has been updated at the request of the author so differs slightly from the printed version.

Blue Flag 130 August 2018

Ode to larger barges; Waste water treatment; Help around the corner; The art in barging; A day in the life of a shipyard; Through the porthole with Lilian

Blue Flag 129 June 2018

Bottom blacking;  Breathing new life into Vertrouwen  DBA Members Survey;  Cruising the big three, Bremen, Lubeck and Hamburg ; DBA Rally in the beautiful city of Ghent;  Through the Porthole - Veranderen; 

Blue Flag 128 April 2018

From the Chair with Mike Gibbons;   Starting from scratch, a new build barge;   The life of a working couple on a Dutch barge;   Personality post with Andy Soper;   The hunt for Clochard;   Goodbye Bummel, hello lakes;   The Laurel Cooper column;   Ghent rally update;  Through the porthole with Resolute;   Engineer watch, hydraulic steering tweaks.

Blue Flag 127 February 2018

Geoffrey Bradshaw, a tribute to a fine man , Expect the unexpected, A history rediscovered, Ghent rally update, Lighter John Constable, Through the porthole with Meander, Engineer watch, shore power and batteries.

Blue Flag 126 December 2017

Rally news;   A first French odyssey;  Comms on board, staying connected;  Going up the Rhône and Saône; The tale of a ship's cat;  Through the porthole with Lauwrence;  The Laurel Cooper column.

Blue Flag 125 October 2017

Thames Discoverer,  Using drones on a barge in Europe,  Being safe around your ship,  A group 'saunter' into Germany,  Is your rudder holding you back?,  Post-barging therapy,  Through the porthole with Jana,  The Laurel Cooper column.

Blue Flag 124 August 2017

Travels on the Moselle; Being safe around your ship; Ice, Ice Baby, an ice free barge in the winter; Condensation free windows; The wild mooring; Preview of the new DBA website; Through the porthole with Janske; 

Blue Flag 123 June 2017

Twenty five years of barging with the DBA,  Founder members recollect,  Klipperings, News and letters, Twenty five years of advertising in Blue Flag,  Chatham rally,  Auxerre rally,  Through the porthole with Actief, The Laurel Cooper column

Blue Flag 122 April 2017

From the Chair, Klipperings, News and lettersMembership matters;

Getting started in barging; Lotte at Dunkirk; Water treatment UV LED; Post on your barge; TRIWV inspections; Bowthrusters; Biggles mission . . . . target Abingdon; Through the porthole with CelestiaThe Laurel Cooper column

Blue Flag 114 October 2015

DBA fights ‘Floating Homes plan.  Facelift for Queenborough.  Canals: making of nation.  Barge handling: mooring up.  Friesland: a place “to stay forever”.  The metamorphosis of ‘Anna Maria’.  Ship’s clock: a must have?  Cruising to Bordeaux.  Lament for the keel.