Carrying cargo up the Orwell

Thalatta in 1906, Butterman’s Bay, on the Orwell, not far below the Butt and Oyster. Thalatta is the outer barge of the two double moored at the stern of the steamship. Butterman’s Bay was an anchorage used by ships too big to get up to Ipswich. Here they would off-load their cargo into sailing barges take up the Ipswich docks. The picture possibly shows grain being loaded by a shoot onto the barge in front of Thalatta, which would be quite likely as there were two millers in Ipswich docks at that time.