Ship profile for the sailing ship: "Pudge"

Technical data of the sailing ship:

Name:Pudge
Registered port:Maldon, Essex
Nation:GBR
Type of rigging:BARGE
Type of ship:Thames Sailing Barge
Year built:1922
Yard:London & Rochester Trading Company, Strood, GBR
Overall length:25.12 m
Breadth:6.04 m
Draught:2.07 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 TrustÂ’s current priority.