Ship profile for the sailing ship: "Pudge"
Technical data of the sailing ship:
|Registered port:||Maldon, Essex|
|Type of rigging:||BARGE|
|Type of ship:||Thames Sailing Barge|
|Yard:||London & Rochester Trading Company, Strood, GBR|
|Overall length:||25.12 m|
Portrait of the sailing ship:
Last update: 01 Mar 2008
- built 1922 by London & Rochester Trading Company, Strood with a hull construction of pitch pine on oak, fitted with an engine (3 cyl. Bargus Co.) in 1935.
- carried cargo until World War II.
- requisitioned in May 1940 whilst in Tilbury, drafted to Dover and then to Dunkirk to aid the evacuation, then used on the river Clyde acting as a lighter and transport for military stores and as a mail boat for the Cunard liners QUEEN MARY & QUEEN ELIZABETH which were working as transatlantic troop ships.
- after the war used as barge again.
- 1968 bought as a twin hatched motor barge by the Thames Sailing Barge Trust, rerigged to her original design.
- based at Maldon she runs charter trips over the Thames estuary and the rivers of Essex, Suffolk and Kent.
- since 1997 subject to major rebuilding work, raising funds for her continuing restoration is the Trusts current priority.