Thalatta’s last years with R. & W. Paul Ltd
Thalatta’s skipper from 1950 until 1956 was Charlie Webb (pictured here with Harold Smy in 1974). From 1956 to 1960, her skipper was Bob Wells, and then from 1961 (we believe) until 1965 she was skippered by Fred Roberts. Fred Roberts’ last command was Thalatta, and he passed away in 1966. R. & W. Paul looked after the barge well with their own team of shipwrights and sailmakers. She was found to be unusually sound and well-preserved condition when her last Board of Trade loadline inspection was carried out in 1964.