Thames Sailing Barge 58ft

Traditional charm
£199,995.00 (Approx €232,664)
  • Boat REF#  ·  307765
  • Length  ·  19.14m
  • Year  ·  1905
  • Construction  ·  Steel
  • Underwater profile  ·  Full-Displacement
  • Sleeping berths  ·  9
  • Engine  ·  1 x diesel 128hp, Ford 6 cylinder (unknown year)
  • Lying  ·  Chelmsford
Boatshed Essex
Boatshed Essex
Jayne Markham

Extra Details

Builder Humphrey and Grey
Lying Chelmsford
Fuel capacity 545.0 ltr Total - 1 Tanks
Water capacity 4,000.0 ltr Total - 3 Tanks
Holding tank capacity 1,000.0 ltr Total - 1 Tanks
Last survey 26/05/2021


Engine 1 x diesel 128hp
Engine make and model Ford 6 cylinder (unknown year)
Engine Hours Not Recorded
Engine Cooled Indirect
Steering wheel
Drive shaft
Prop(s) 3 bladed, fixed
Fuel consumption (approx) 8.0 ltr /hour At Cruising Speed
Cruising speed (approx) 5 knots
Max speed (approx) 7 knots
Generator output 3KVA

PRM gearbox
Kelvin type propeller
Engine year unknown
Inverter to be fitted (May 2022)


Length 19.14m
LOD 17.67m
Beam 4.10m
Draft Max 1.00m
Displacement 45,000kg
Headroom 1.80m
Storage On marina


Gaff rigged Other spars (1905) with Galvanised standing rigging (unknown year)


Reefing mainsail - Other (unknown year)
Headsail - Other (unknown year)

Spritsail rig
Staysail rigged
Topsail, foresail, mizzen, x 3 stay sails (new 2002)
Standing rigging linseed oiled annually (last oiled 2021)
Steel masts, wood topmast

Electrical Systems

12 volt battery, 240 shore power voltage, 6 batteries charged by: engine, shore power, generator


Construction Steel
Underwater profile Full-Displacement
Finish Paint finish

New Tru Design seacocks fitted above the waterline, the engine seacock (Tru Design), is the only seacock below the waterline (2022)
Epoxy coating (Jotun mastic to the hull)
Jotun 92 paint to topsides (2021/22)
Deck is iron and steel plate, riveted and welded
Topside, riveted iron
Coachroof and cabin sides, mild steel
Blacked (June 2022)
Cutlass bearing replaced (June 2022)


Total # of berths 9
No. of double berths 3
No. of single berths 3
Cabin(s) 3
Sink 1
Shower 1
Heads 1 heads (Electric)

Hot water provided by calorifier heated by immersion 'Gledhill' and new Bubblejet diesel heating system, installation completed (April 2022)
New galley fitted (2021)
240 V domestic fridge
Multifuel stove
The total berths berths include, one small double and a single in the saloon

4 burner propane Stove


Cabin heating
Pressurised water system
Hot water system

Hot water provided by calorifier heated by immersion 'Gledhill' and new Bubblejet diesel heating system, installation completed (April 2022)
New galley fitted (2021)
240 V domestic fridge
Multifuel stove
The total berths berths include, one small double and a single in the saloon

4 burner propane Stove

Deck Gear

Instrument Covers

Manual windlass
2 anchors
(Fishermans )
dinghy (unknown year)
(Hard Dinghy)
6hp outboard, Mariner , Short shaft (2019)
1x Kedge anchor 1x Fishermans anchor
Winches for leeboards, bowsprit, mainsail
2x Winches on mast
Windlass and Dolly winch
Anchor chain and rode

Nav Equipment

VHF DSC radio
Chart plotter
Navigation lights
AIS Receiver
Depth sounder

New echo transducer fitted (June 2022)
New wind instrument (2022)
Raymarine Axiom 12 MFD with sonar
AIS Class B transceiver
Raymarine VHF (DSC)
ST70 repeater

Safety Equipment

Carbon Monoxide detector
Life jackets
Life buoys
Swim ladder
Emergency steering

2 bilge pumps (1 manual / 1 electric)

1x Scrambling net
8 man liferaft (needs service)
1x Salvage pump
Electric bilge pump in engine compartment (generator powers this)
Fire extinguishers

Broker's Comments

Boatshed Essex are delighted to feature this delightful Sailing Barge, packed with history, modernisation, comfort and performance.
Built in 1905, by Humphrey and Grey, in iron, she was a bonded, spirit barge, mainly carrying tea. (unrigged). She had sweeps to navigate on the tides fitted, also with a rudder and tiller steering. From 1958 she became one of four training barges for, Lightermen on the River Thames, during which time she had a new bottom and rubbing band.

During the 1970's, the vessel was converted to a swim head sailing barge, with budget stern, a gaff rig, including shrouds (still on her today) were fitted and tiller steering. The mizzen was relatively small and tiller mounted. The refit also included new rails, a mast case from Swift Shore and a windlass.

During 2002 the vessel was converted to a traditional Thames Sailing Barge, fitted with a straight stern and traditional bow. The hull was doubled, with vegetable oil sealing the void between the inner and outer plating. The helm was changed to wheel steering, along with the addition of an auxiliary engine, the six cylinder Ford Dover with 128hp and a PRM box. The spritsail rig was extended and re-stepped, along with a new, larger mizzen. The barge interior was refitted, although retaining much of the stern cabin. New, galvanised, fuel and water tanks were installed, in addition to a holding tank.

The current owner has continued the meticulous upkeep and improvement of the vessel, including a refit of the galley, addition of diesel powered interior heating and a new hot water cylinder. Altogether, when I visited this beautiful barge, I was struck by a boat that, although a historic classic, had consistently kept pace with maintenance schedules and improvements across owners. The vessel presents as in commission, with a wealth of potential, from comfortable, classic cruising, to liveaboard and commercial potential. if you would like any further information, or to arrange a personal viewing, then please contact our office and one of the team would be delighted to help.

These boat details are subject to contract.
Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.

This Thames Sailing Barge 58ft has been personally photographed and viewed by Jayne Markham of Boatshed Essex. Click here for contact details.

Owners FAQ's

How long have you owned the boat for?

3 years

Why are you selling her?

Change of circumstances

Where have you sailed her?

East and South coast, Thames

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