42ft Thames Sailing Barge, Wooden half size, 1881, A Project.



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: Traditional 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 been cleared, the engine has been removed,  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.

Cygnet leaving her Snape mooring under sail with Des, 2018.

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 Bijou home afloat……..If you have the stamina, the time, the money and skill to give her a buoyant future…..


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).

Description – Traditional Spritsail Barge rig, tan canvas sails. A half sized Thames Sailing Barge.

Construction: Wooden planked, double skinned hull, tar and caulked seams.  Flat bottomed hull, decks and spars, leeboards and rudder  (requires replacing) , bowsprit.
A deck stepped Main mast in a tabernacle, ( a new mast has been commissioned. )  and  a Mizzen mast boom and gaff mounted on her tiller.
Tiller steering.
The hold has been emptied and cleared. A raised Tent Tarpaulin over the open hold  makes works below decks possible.

Pumps are required to keep her afloat.  Hold dimensions 12ft by 4ft x 24ft. Decks laid planks, pitched and painted. The hold has been coved with a tent tarpaulin, at onetime her deck hatches were worked with manual “Jacks” enabling the main hatch to be lifted up.

Fore hatch and Aft sliding hatch. Ships Clock.  Gimballed compass. 12 v Cabin lighting  ( Vessel would require rewiring. )

She has a foc’sle cabin store forward. Bulkheads removed aft when engine was extracted. barge is opened up over the engine beds into the skippers cabin. which still maintains its furniture  and bunk. A Butterfly Skylight over for natural daylight. Companionway ladder.

Diesel stove  ( requires re plumbing in!)……


Main anchor , manual anchor winch. Bitts. Companionway ladder. Deck brushes

Main horse  (wooden), Mast tabernacle box. electric removable navigation lamps.
Crabb winches
Mooring warps, Fenders

Traditional Spritsail Barge Rig and sails ( The sails and her scant inventory of gear, are all in store at home Dunmow .

She carries a top mast. A short Bowsprit.  a Bob. a Barge Boat (Not seen)

Safety Equipment: life rings ( Not seen), fire extinguishers ( expiry dates not checked) .

Several large submersible pumps.

   January 2024 in Dry dock.

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