Ship profile for the sailing ship: "Lady Daphne"

Photos of the sailing ship:

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Lady Daphne, Volker Gries, Colne Smack and Barge Match Race, Brightlingsea, GB , 09/2006

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Volker Gries,
Colne Smack and Barge Match Race, Brightlingsea, GB,

Lady Daphne, Volker Gries, London , 07/2018

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Volker Gries,

Technical data of the sailing ship:

Name:Lady Daphne
Registered port:London
Type of rigging:BARGE
Type of ship:Thames Sailing Barge
Year built:1923
Yard:Short Bros. Ltd, Backfields, Rochester, GBR
Overall length:27.67 m
Breadth:6.52 m
Draught:2.23 m
Ship's hull:Holz / Wood

Portrait of the sailing ship:

Last update: 01 Mar 2008

  • built 1923 as wooden Thames sailing barge for the English coastal trade by Short Bros. Ltd, Backfields, Rochester for David J. Bradley, Rochester, GB; named the "Lady Daphne".
  • 1932 fitted with an oil engine (4 cyl. 4SA Kelvin).
  • 1937 sold to R. & W. Paul (Maltsters) Ltd., Ipswich, GB.
  • 1947 fitted with a new engine.
  • in Sept. 1973 sold to Taylor Woodrow Property Ltd., London, converted to a promotional and charter barge.
  • in Jan. 1986 re-engined with a Mermaid Mariner (Ford 2725E).
  • since 1996 owned by Elisabeth and Michael Mainelli who are raising funds through charter to maintain and restore her to her original condition, carries a passenger certificate today for sailing with guests on day trips, managed by Nymph Limited.


Website (English, 28 Feb 2008):
Lady Daphne: website with history, pictures and contact information

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)
Page: 106, 108 Source with picture Source with history Source with technical data