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Educational Resources for Schools and Groups

Downloadable information sheets to print out and share with your school or youth group, before or during your trip with us. The sheets can be ‘pick and mixed’ to suit your group, depending on their age, abilities and interests. Please email if you would prefer the full set in one pdf, and without watermarks.

An Introduction

Some useful facts and information to start with. Simple worksheets for helping children understand the historical context of when Thalatta was built.


An introduction and key statistics

History of Thalatta

A brief overview

Ships in 1906

A worksheet for schools and youth groups

Life in 1906

A worksheet for schools and youth groups

Living and Working On Board

Find out what knots are useful to know, what everything is called, and how to stay safe at sea.

Below Deck

A plan of the accomodation


Step by steps

Rope work

Cleats and coiling ropes

Reducing Sail

In rivers or at sea

Rigging Plan

Information about Thalatta’s Rig

Sail Plan

Thalatta’s sail plan

Safety Rules

Staying safe on Thalatta

Safety Equipment

What we carry and what it’s for

Nautical Terms

The names of things on boats

Working on Thalatta

A worksheet for schools and youth groups

Working at Sea

A worksheet for schools and youth groups

Keeping a Log

A personal log template for junior crews members to fill in daily during their voyage, and an information sheet to help with filling it in. The Beaufort Wind Scale with sea conditions (for estimating wind speeds to add to the log).

Keeping a log

Some notes to help you

Log Template

Fill this in during your voyage

Beaufort Wind Scale

Wind speeds and sea conditions


Simplified charts of Thalatta’s sailing areas, for plotting her route on your voyage.

Home Waters

The Thames estuary, with ports, rivers sandbanks and windfarms marked

Thames Estuary

Rivers and Ports

Blackwater Estuary

River Colne and River Blackwater

Seamanship Skills

For those wanting a challenge! Learn how to work out our position, our speed over the ground, and depths over sandbanks. Learn how to interpret the Shipping Forecast, and send messages with the Phonetic Alphabet and Morse code. 


How does the tide effect our speed?


Working out our position on the chart


Navigating over sandbanks

The Shipping Forecast

What is it telling us?

The Phonetic Alphabet

Communications at sea

Morse code

Communications at sea

Further Reading

Pieces written for ECST schools’ prospectuses and brochures in the early days of the trust. These help to give a historical context to the purpose of the Trust (to preserve a Thames barge and to introduce young people to the sea).