84ft Thames Sailing Barge,1909

Price Details

Price: £185,000 GBP  ONO
Location:  Afloat  at St Katharine’s Dock, London. GB
Class: Thames Sailing Barge.  Year Built: 1909


85ft Thames Sailing Barge Ardwina, a timber hull and decks. Traditional spritsail rig, with wooden leeboards.
Built by Orvis & Fuller of Ipswich,1909, (the last Barge built in Ipswich). Converted to a barge yacht in 1959 then refitted in 1970 and 1989/90.
Her present owners acquired her in 1980, she has been raced and sailed and was the Champion Barge in 1982. Owned by a firm of Architects she has been used for corporate events and entertaining for Static and Trips on the river,
She could have entertain up to 12 passengers, when sailing.  Events taking place alongside (Static) she could comfortably entertain up to 50 persons.
Her regular moorings have been in Ipswich and presently in St Katharine’s Dock in London.
The last survey was undertaken in dry dock in Maldon, July 2021. A programme of works, has to be undertaken before she will be credited with a current sailing Exemption Certificate

for carrying  paying customers,  she is now out of code and effectively insured as a private barge yacht.
She could make a comfortable home, afloat. Full of original features and fittings.  A real piece of industrial maritime history.


Length Overall: 25.60m
Length Of Deck: 25m
Length At Water Line: 24.99mmeter

Beam: 6.71m    Draft: 1.22m
Air Draft: 25.91m    Max Draft: 1.22m
With her Leeboards down: 3.66m


Fuel Tank Capacity: 200gallons
Holding Tank Capacity: 20gallons
Water Tank Capacity: 200gallons
Displacement: 66tons
Cruising Speed: 6knots
Engine Power: 120hp Number of Engines: 1

Heads: 3
Passenger Capacity: 12 – 50 ( as a static event. )


Barge Builders: Orvis & Fuller, Ipswich
Barges  Name: Ardwina

Hull Design: Displacement, double skinned with a flat bottom.
Hull Speed: 8: knots


A six-cylinder Leyland Tempest, 6 cylinder, naturally aspirated, water cooled
diesel fuelled engine, 120hp indirectly cooled via heat exchanger, oil driven PRM gear box 2:1. A dedicated Engine room
Flexible mounts on steel fabricated beds fastened to timber bearers over floors. Shaft driven connected via a constant velocity drive.
Last serviced May 2021,  A generator.  All mechanics are very well maintained, separate engine room and bosuns store.
Engine Transmission Description: Shaft drive


Wooden hull, flat bottomed, internal I-beam keelson, pair wooden leeboards. Robust timbers and frames, Double skinned.Black painted finish
Ongoing work schedule of repair and replacement. Her framing is of considerable size and much has now been replaced  with new timbers
The Barge was originally built to carry loads in excess of 150 tons, no longer carrying cargo so less physical stress is put on the structure.
Much of the deck has been replaced in recent times, with Iroko planks Sikaflex in the seams, blue painted finish.



Well fitted out below for here Corporate work ,  Comfortable accommodation for 12 passengers ( when required). Four double cabins one with en suite . 2 x showers and 3 Heads.

A large saloon / dining room ( capacity for 20 persons seated at the dining table). Comfy settee seating under her side decks.
Generous headroom 6ft 4ins under the hatch boards ceiling. Paint and varnished finish.  4 double cabins, 1 with en suite.
Pressurised Hot and Cold water system. at  Galley sink, Cabin sinks
Electric powered radiators throughout.



Large ships wheel
Wooden Lee boards
Main bower anchor of fisherman’s type 400 lbs, bow roller and chain
Windlass: Traditional Thames barge type consists: timber bits, gear wheels,
Kedge anchors.
2 x crab winches (lee board winches) original cast iron.
Brail winch port side in way of Steel mast case
Mast case winch
Dolly winch
Painted steel Davits, sheets and blocks in good condition.
GRP simulated clinker barge boat.


 Sails and Rig    Traditional Spritsail Rig.  Deck stepped main mast in metal tabernacle, a top mast,
a main sprit, a mizzen mast with boom and sprit. Timber main horse, fastened with steel straps a iron traveller
Fore horse of timber with steel straps.
Galvanised wire standing rigging and rope running rigging .
Main sail Topsail and mizzen, all in Tan clipper cloth made by North Sea Sails, Tollesbury, All in excellent condition.
A Fore sail by Valiant in canvas in fair condition.

Navigation Equipment:

Ships wheel (Wheel steering)
B&G Echo sounder
Raymarine Chart Plotter with AIS
Garmin GPS

Safety Equipment:

Deck wash pump
Bilge pumps
Fire blanket
Gas sniffers
Fire extinguishers
Life rings
First aid boxes.
Dan Buoys


Disclaimer: Disclaimer: The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.