Cygnet

Spritsail Barge built 1881 by Curel, G H, Findsbury, Strood

Designated ensign Designated house flag

194

Registered


Cargo Vessel

Barge


Spritsail Barge

Snape


Private use

Private Use


No

No


27/02/1996

01/11/2016



Gallery


Propulsion

Motor

Inboard


None

None


Dimensions

To be confirmed

12.98 feet (3.96 metres)


41.97 feet (12.80 metres)

2.98 feet (0.91 metres)


0.00


History

Built in 1881 by G H Curel at Frindsbury near Strood, CYGNET is a sailing barge with a carvel built wooden hull. Her current engine is an inboard diesel by Perkins, 65bhp, made in 1980. Her first owner was Walter Wrinch, a farmer of Ewarton, Suffolk and CYGNET was used to carry farm produce to Ipswich, Felixstowe etc and remained in family ownership until 1945. Between 1945 and 1955 she was owned by E Mumford who removed her sailing gear, installed 2 petrol engines and used her for loading cockle shells at Foulness, Essex for sale as chicken grit. Later owners were J Studd of Leigh on Sea and Mr Payne of Queenborough and she was employed as a supply vessel to oil tankers. In 1960 she was sold to Christopher Rydd and in 1988 was sold to her current owner. She is now refitted as a private yacht.

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

Subsequent developments

April 2012  Vessel selected for Avenue of Sail, Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant on 3 June 2012.  Source: National Historic Ships UK.

Key dates

  1. 2012

    Vessel selected to take part in the Avenue of Sail, Queen's Diamond Jubilee Pageant on 3 June 2012

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
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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