Atrato

Spritsail Barge built 1898 by Forrestt & Sons Ltd, Wivenhoe

Designated ensign Designated house flag

191

Registered


Cargo Vessel

Barge


Spritsail Barge

Battersea


Ongoing conservation

Operating


No

No


27/02/1996

27/06/2013



Gallery


Propulsion

Sail

Inboard


None

None


Dimensions

82.02 feet (25.00 metres)

18.65 feet (5.69 metres)


84.36 feet (25.73 metres)

6.90 feet (2.10 metres)


95.00


History

Built 1898 by Forrest & Sons Limited, Wivenhoe, ATRATO is a Thames Sailing Barge with a steel hull. Her current engine is a Kelvin K3 66hp built in 1944. She was first owned by Hughes at Greenwich and then by the London & Rochester Barge Company from 1923 when an auxiliary Hamworthy petrol engine was fitted. In 1944 she was rebuilt as a motor barge and sold to her present owner in 1980. For most of her working life she carried general cargo from the Thames and Medway around the coast. She is currently undergoing restoration to her original specification.

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
Robert Simper, Classic Boat (October, 1999, pp46-53) Revival of the Fittest

Key dates

  1. 1898

    Built by Forrest of Wivenhoe

  2. 1944

    Conversion to motor barge, Kelvin K3 engine installed

  3. 1980

    Sold out of trade, conversion back to sailing barge commenced

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
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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