Category Archives: Barges for Sale

Would you buy a “Used” barge off E-bay? Fertile is for sale.

Here’s another barge for sale on E-bay.    This time it is sb Fertile, offered becauseFertile the owner of 30 years needs to give up living afloat for health reasons.   The price asked is £165,000.

Fertile was built in 1936 as a steel swim-headed lighter, and converted to a swim-headed, stumpy-rigged spritsail barge by the present owner in 1996.

She is based at King Edward Quay in Colchester.   From the advertisement it looks as though the marketing angle is that she would make a good base for someone commuting to London.   There’s also the suggestion she could be used for river trips, as she has been in the past.

In the advertisement, under “Item Condition”, it says  “Used”  –  er, yes.

Here’s the link to read the advertisement on E-bay.

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A new chapter for Decima?

News today that sb Decima is up for sale.   The Apollo Duck website has an advertisement from MJLewis Boatsales of Maldon offering the 1899-built Thames sailing barge for sale at £160,000.

Decima off Southend Pier, Southend Match 2013.

Decima off Southend Pier, Southend Match 2013.

Decima was built by FG Fay & Co of Southampton, being one of twenty identical steel barges built by the company for EJ Goldsmith’s of Grays, who traded her until the late 1940s.   The 67 ton, 85 foot barge’s history includes ownership by Rayfields of Gravesend, and then Greenhithe Lighterage as a motor barge.

She was sold out of trade to Dennis Wildish in 1977 and he re-rigged her as a charter barge. In 1999 she was sold to Jeremy Taunton as a houseboat.

Master shipwright and well-known sailing barge restorer Tim Goldsack, her present owner, bought Decima in 2003 and started a major restoration.   She was gutted and a substantial number of the hull and deck plates were replaced. She was given a new set of rigging and good second-hand sails.   A new Gardner 6LXB engine was fitted.   Decima has three cabins, with six berths, and central heating was installed when her owner lived aboard her for two years.

In July 2004 Decima set her sails for the first time in over 15 years, and has since been seen regularly around the East coast.   She has recently been based at Heybridge Basin, and in 2010 Wilkin and Son Ltd of Tiptree, Essex, (the famous makers of jams, marmalades, and conserves), became her sponsors.   Consequently the Tiptree logo has been displayed in her topsail.

According to the advertisement Decima is now at Faversham.   Here’s the link to the advertisement on the Apollo Duck website.

Thanks to the Decima website for the following interesting titbits from her history:-

“Things have not always run smoothly for Decima.   She has had many mishaps in her long history.   Most notably in 1938, during a severe gale, her crew abandoned her off Great Yarmouth, and she sailed herself across the North Sea to Holland!   She was relatively unscathed, and was returned to England where she was repaired and returned to work.   On November 17th 1940 she was swamped and sank whilst at anchor off Southend pier with a deck cargo of timber.   She was re-floated, refitted, and once again was put back to work!”  

Lady Daphne up for sale

Following the news last year that Lady Jean was for sale, we now find an advertisement Lady Daphne at Faversham for winter re-fit Feby 2012on the boatshop24.co.uk website for her sister barge, the Lady Daphne.

Lady Daphne, built in 1923 by Short Bros Ltd, was sold in 1996 to her present company.   A massive restoration programme has taken place with considerable replacement of the structure and the internal fittings in the last two winter refits.   All this work has been undertaken whilst building up a successful charter business, and competing in the annual Barge Matches. 

Here’s the link to the advert.

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