Portsmouth Hampshire UK|
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Built in 1954 as a steel, swim headed lighter, by J. W. Cook for Hubbocks, for whom she operated from the river Lea to the Lower Pool of London. At that time, she was towed or rowed. During the time she operated as a lighter, she was for a short time in the 1970’s used to supply the Pirate ship “Radio Caroline”.
She was taken out of trade in 1994 and bought by Owen Emerson. He refashioned bow and stern, fitted all the necessary sailing, equipment, an engine and a fully fitted pine interior and in 1998 Alice was re-commissioned as a classic Thames Sailing Barge. Able to accommodate up to 60 people alongside, or 12 when sailing. During the season Alice has been berthed alongside at Gun Wharf Quays marina for 13 years. She is made of steel, has a 125 hp diesel engine, a very large main saloon, with a wood burner, 3 toilets, a bath, a power shower, a kitchen with 2 gas cookers, 2 sinks and 2 fridges. Basically she has all the facilities of a normal house. She can accommodate up to 50 people alongside, or 12 when sailing. Since 2005 she has bee family owned and available for charter in the Solent.
She is great fun to sail and one can experience with awe the forces that can be come into play in just a moderate breeze. When under sail, you can imagine the skill that was involved in handling such a 60 ton boat with no engine, GPS or radio. In those days a boy joined at 13 became quite good at 50 and retired at 55. Now, with her engine, central heating and spacious cabins those worries are lessened but even so at 9 knots under her full 5, sail rig you can experience a day you will always remember.
Most of her sailing has been weekend cruising in the Solent though a few trips have been made to France
|Vessel type:||Thames sailing barge|
|Builder:||Builder J. W. Cook|
|Model:||Thames Sailing Barge|
|No. of engines:||1|
|Engine model:||Ford Iveco CD6|
|Drive type:||Shaft drive|
|Length over all:||23.55m|
|Length at waterline:||35.55m|
|Hull type:||Displacement flat bottomed barge|
|Fuel capacity:||1200 Litres|
|Water capacity:||4000 Litres|
|Holding tank capacity:||300 Litres|
Beta Marine FORD Iveco CD6 150 hp diesel
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