42ft Thames Sailing Barge, half sized, 1881

Price Details

Price:  £35,000 GBP
Location: St Oysths, nr.Clacton, Essex GB
Year: 1881
Condition: Decommissioned, removal of engine, Hold cleared  a blank canvas for an internal refit
Category: Sail
Class:  Spritsail Sailing Barge
Keel Type: Flat bottomed with leeboards


At 42ft, Cygnet is a half sized wooden sailing barge. After having spent several years continuous sail cruising,

she has been bought into a Barge Boatyard in North Essex. Her present owner has decided to sell her ,

the hold has ben cleared, the engine has been removed, to be presented internally as a blank canvas for the new owner/s to refit her, as they choose.
A new rudder has been made and fitted. new leeboards are presently under construction and there is a shipwright lined up, for a new mast.
Built in 1881 by G H Curel at Frindsbury near Strood, Kent. CYGNET is a sailing barge with a carvel built wooden hull.

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.
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. In 1988 she was sold to her current owner. Mrrs. Payne & Mica Brown who refitted and used her as a private yacht based at Snape Maltings, Suffolk.
In 2005 she was reverted back to tiller steering and has her mizzen mast stepped on the rudder post,  Skipper Des Kaliszewski.
Cygnet is a suburb piece of Maritime history, A National Historic vessel.

She would make a lovely home afloat……..If you have the stamina, the time, the money and skill to give her a buoyant future…..Call to discuss.


Nominal Length: 12.80m
Length Overall: 12.80m
Length Of Deck: 12.00m
Length At Water Line: 12.00m

Beam: 3.96m
Draft: 0.96m
Air Draft: 15.24m
Max Draft: 0.96m
Keel Down: 1.65m

Displacement: 14 tonnes

Passenger Capacity: 6


Her engine was a Perkins, 65bhp, 1980 this has been removed ( May 2023)


Additional Description

Construction: Wooden flat bottomed hull, decks and spars, leeboards and rudder, bowsprit .
A deck stepped Main mast and mizzen mounted on the tiller. .
tiller steering. Traditional Spritsail rig, tan canvas sails.
Engine removed

Now an empty hold, Ready for a Refit

Equipment: Main anchor , manual anchor winch.
Crabb winches
Mooring warps

Sails: Traditional Spritsail Barge Rig. She carries a top mast. Short Bowsprit.
Navigation Equipment: A Tiller/ Rudder, a Bob .
Recreation Facilities: Barge Boat
Safety Equipment: life rings

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