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

Source, location, date:
Volker Gries,
Colne Smack and Barge Match Race, Brightlingsea, GB,

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