Ship profile for the sailing ship: "Centaur"

Technical data of the sailing ship:

Registered port:Maldon, Essex
Type of rigging:BARGE
Type of ship:Thames Sailing Barge
Year built:1895
Yard:John and Herbert Cann, Bathside, Gashouse Creek, Harwich
Length:26.09 m
Breadth:5.94 m
Draught:1.89 m

Portrait of the sailing ship:

Last update: 01 Mar 2008

  • built and launched at Harwich in 1895 by John and Herbert Cann, Bathside, Gashouse Creek.
  • originally owned by Charles Stone, around 1900 passed to Dolly Rogers, in 1911 to Ted Gibbs and in 1915 to John Sawyer, later owned by Francis & Gilders and then by the London & Rochester Trading Company, trading under sail.
  • 1944 de-rigged for use as a timber lighter by Brown & Co.
  • bought by Richard Duke, rigged again for use as a holiday charter vessel at Maldon in 1965.
  • bought in 1974 by the Thames Sailing Barge Trust at Maldon, since 1977 extensively restored and rebuilt.
  • offers passenger sailing trips as well as operating as a charter barge, regularly takes part in annual barge races and sails from several ports in Essex, Kent and Suffolk.

Literature for further reading:

We recommend the following references for your further research of the ship. The references marked with have been included in the generation of the ship profile on this page.

Paul Brown
"Historic Sail. Britain's Surviving Working Craft"
The History Press 2013 ISBN: 978-0-7524-8581-2
(in Association with National Historic Ships UK)
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