Commissioners Barge of the Navy

Commissioners Barge built 0 by Unknown

Designated ensign Designated house flag

1959

Registered


Cargo Vessel

Barge


Commissioners Barge

Wroughton


Museum based

Museum: indoors


No

No


09/10/2003

07/04/2009


Web site

www.nmm.ac.uk

Propulsion

Manpower

None


None

None


Dimensions

To be confirmed

6.80 feet (2.07 metres)


45.20 feet (13.79 metres)

2.20 feet (0.67 metres)


0.00


History

This barge with the long, narrow and shallow lines of the traditional wherry, was used in the eighteenth century by the Lord Commissioners of the Admiralty when visiting ships, dockyards and for general river business.

She had four oars per side, and a coach or cabin was provided for the comfort of the passengers. This was a working barge and, although adorned with carving of considerable quality, is less ornate than PRINCE FREDERICK’S BARGE.

Key dates

  1. 1863

    Sent to Chatham when use of Commissioner’s Barges was discontinued

  2. 1932

    First moves by the NMM to acquire vessel

  3. 1935

       Letter from the Secretary of the Admiral Superintendent effectively making the vessel a gift

  4. 1956

    Vessel transported Cory’s Barge Works for refit

  5. 1957

    Vessel placed in New Barge House


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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