Ardwina

Spritsail Barge built 1907 by Orvis & Fuller, Ipswich

Designated ensign Designated house flag

190

Registered


Cargo Vessel

Barge


Spritsail Barge

St Katharine Docks


Commercial Activity

Commercial trade


No

No


27/02/1996

07/04/2009


Web site

www.ardwina.co.uk

Gallery


Propulsion

Sail

Diesel


1988

None


None


Dimensions

To be confirmed

21.08 feet (6.43 metres)


85.74 feet (26.15 metres)

6.39 feet (1.95 metres)


66.00


History

Built in 1909 by Orvis & Fuller, Ipswich, ARDWINA is a Thames Sailing barge with a carvel built wooden hull of oak frames, pitch pine planking and a steel keelson. Her current engine is a BMC 126bhp made in 1988.

Her known history shows her to have been owned by E L & W Goldsmith, sold in 1938 to Metcalf Motor Coasters Limited and in 1951 to Daniels Bros (Whitstable) Limited. She was converted to a barge yacht in 1959 and refitted in 1970 and 1989/90. Her present owner acquired her in 1980 since when she has been raced and sailed and was champion barge in 1982. She is based in St Katherines Dock, London.

For much of her working life she was in general trade on the East Coast and London. She was abandoned at sea in 1938 and recovered by Ocean Salvage. Subsequently she was engaged in the stone trade from Portland to Greenwich until 1952 and was a houseboat at Chelsea in the 1970s.

Frank Carr, Sailing Barges (1971)
Richard Hugh Perks, Sprts'l: A Portrait of Sailing Barges and Sailormen (1975) pub: Conway Maritime Press
The Last Berth of the Sailorman (1987) pub: Society for Spritsail Barge Research
D G Wood, Barges Sailing Today: Sailing Barge Information Pamplet No: 1 (1995) pub: Society for Spritsail Barge Research
Dan Houston, Classic Boat (September, 2005) Thames Barge Match
Robert Simper, Classic Boat (October, 1999, pp46-53) Revival of the Fittest

Bibliography

  1. 1971 Sailing Barges - Carr, Frank
  2. 1975 Sprts'l: A Portrait of Sailing Barges and Sailormen - Perks, Richard Hugh
  3. 1987 The Last Berth of the Sailorman
  4. 1995 Barges Sailing Today: Sailing Barge Information Pamplet No: 1 - Wood, D G
  5. 1999 Classic Boat Revival of the Fittest
  6. 2005 Classic Boat Thames Barge Match
If you are the owner of the vessel and would like to provide more details or updated information please contact info@nationalhistoricships.org.uk

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