91ft Thames Sailing Barge with mooring


Price Details

Location: Nr Colchester, Essex GB
Year: 1926
Condition: Not rigged under conversion as a live aboard vessel.
Category: Traditional/ sail/ power
Class: Sailing Barge
Keel Type: Flat bottomed with lee boards, transom stern.


Offers invited “AS IS, WHERE IS” with the potential of continuing to keep her on her present residential mudberth mooring.
Lady Jean, 90ft Thames sailing barge, ex Cargo vessel, also known as the Sir Alan Herbert, when she was used for school trips for the inner London Educational Authority until 1991.
Bought by her present owner in 2008. His intention was to get her sailing again and to use her as his mobile cruising home.
Now moved onto a residential mud berth mooring. Some refitting is presently under way whilst her gear remains in store. She is to become a static houseboat….plumbing and domestic services need installing.
Works carried out include:
Replacing the forward 30ft of hull planking
and the forward 20ft of her kellson in H section steel. Removed several bulkheads and small bunk cabins to open up the internal space.
Removed all the electrics and plumbing.
The main decks have been renovated with some new planking, the whole deck re caulked. Some of her frames on the starboard side were doubled up for strengthening. In the saloon area much of the internal planking has been stripped back to expose the beautiful wood grain of these very large planks…
A large amount of spares/ old lights/ Barge fittings and fixtures/ historical documents presently not onboard.


Nominal Length: 27.43 m
Length Overall: 28.96 m
Length Of Deck: 27.43 m
Length At Water Line: 27.13 m

Beam: 6.55 m
Draft: 1.52 m
Air Draft: 3.05 m
Max Draft: 1.52 m
Keel Down: 3.66 m


Fuel Tank Capacity: 1000litres
Displacement: 86.00 tons
Cruising Speed: 4 hp knots
Engine Power: 120hp
Number of Engines: 1


Berths: 4
Cabins: 3
Passenger Capacity: 10


Builder: Short Brothers of Rochester
Boat Name: Lady Jean


Hull Material: Wood
Hull Design: Flat
Hull Speed: 6 knots


Engine Model: Kelvin R6-15, 1977
Fuel Type: diesel
Engine Description: A very large Kelvin 6 cylinder engine. Stands in a separate engine room accessed from deck and through water tight bulkhead into the Saloon.
Water cooled fresh and sea water
A twin bladed 21″ single fixed propeller to single steel shaft
Hydraulic gear box
A Lister Petter Mini six 24v fixed in engine room used as a generator
4 x 120amp hour batteries
2.2kw portable genset stands on the aft deck.
Engine Transmission Description: Shaft drive

Additional Description


Huge joggled wooden planked hull, transom stern, rudder extends beyond.
pine planked decks, caulked tarred and painted. Crew accommodation cabin fore and aft. The main accommodation is the huge hold area.
Wheel steering aft on open decks.
Hold covered with hatch boards in turn covered with canvas tarpaulins..
Mast is deck stepped with sprit.
High Bulwarks around the deck.


Main hold presently utilised as the accommodation, a flight of stairs descend in to the hold. Interior hull planking is exposed. Large solid fuel stove is sited on the port side. Chesterfield style sofas and a large dining table with chairs (seats 8-10 persons)
An integral open plan galley kitchen with a 6 burner catering style gas hob over and grill. stainless steel work surfaces, open shelf stowage for the kitchen utensils.Double stainless steel sinks. A step up as you go forward. Large book cases either side of a central doorway through to one large master cabin (unfinished) ensuite (not fitted out ). and walk in dressing room (or 2nd cabin)
Some furniture and fittings available with the purchase of the vessel by separate negotiation.
NB: water system and plumbing needs installing.


2 x large Fisherman’s anchors with chain over a large hydraulic winch and drum on the fore deck.
2 x large wire winches on the mast deck.
2 x wooden leeboards controlled by two manual winches set on the aft deck.
Mooring warps
asst’d fenders.
Boarding ladder/ ramp


Her huge mast and sprit, mizzen mast are stood up The rigging / blocks / rope/ wire / sails everything is presently in store and goes unchecked.
There is a whole wardrobe of James Lawrence sails, unchecked and in store.
Navigation Equipment: Compass in a brass standing binnacle
echo sounder & log
VHF radio
GPS Chartplotter
clock and barometer
Charts (dates unchecked)
Recreation Facilities: Pair of davits on starboard aft deck. 12ft clinker barge Boat in a very poor condition with a 2hp Yamaha outboard.
Inflatable rib.
Safety Equipment: 8 x fire extinguishers ( expiry unchecked)
12 life jackets
12 safety harnesses
Gas detector
4 x 24v bilge pumps
Engine driven fire/ water pump.with hoses
2 x spare 24v bilge pumps
Diesel fire pump on deck.

NB All Safety equipment goes unchecked. August 2017
Disclaimer: No guarantee is given or implied with regards to specification but descriptions are given in good faith. All vessels sold without warranty or condition to fitness either expressed or implied by status or otherwise. We are relying on information supplied to us by a third party. M.J. Lewis advises that a qualified independent surveyor carries out a full out of water survey