|£135,000 Per Vessel |
St Katharine Docks London UK
Built in 1909 - so now well over a hundred years old - Ardwina was the last wooden barge to be built by Orvis & Fuller in Ipswich. Originally owned by EJ& W Goldsmith of Colchester, Ardwina initially worked in the Thames Estuary and along the South Coast, carrying stone between Portland and Greenwich.
Ardwina was saved by Daniel Bros of Whitstable and consideration was given to converting her to a motor-barge. Her bow and port side were repaired but no engine was installed and she lay in Whitstable until she was sold for use as a private yacht in 1959. She became a houseboat throughout the 60s and 70s at Chelsea Reach; Battersea and later in Maldon, Essex.
Ardwina was purchased by Rolfe Judd in 1979 and returned to Dock End Yard in Ipswich to be restored. After restoration, including the installation of an engine, she started racing and won many Thames Sailing Barge Matches. In the intervening years there have been many trips to yards on the east coast for repairs and replacement parts, including new decks.
The living accommodation comprises a large open plan kitchen and living area. The captain’s cabin and engine room are in the stern. Towards the bow are 4 further cabins, one with en suite. There is one further bathroom and a WC, along with plenty of storage throughout.
With 1,342 sq. ft. of internal floor space, you could keep the boat in its current original form or convert certain elements of the vessel to your own accommodation requirements.
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