The Sailing Barge Lady Daphne

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Christchurch, New Zealand

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S. B. Lady Daphne is one of the most famous of London’s classic wooden vessels still sailing. 91 feet long (28 meters), 21 feet wide (6.5 metres), built in 1923 at a gross tonnage of 117 tonnes, able to transport 220 tonnes of cargo, Lady Daphne was one of the many thousand Thames sailing barges built for the English coastal trade from the 18th century until the middle of the 20th century.

Now there are fewer than 40 barges left in Britain, and fewer than 10 wooden barges with passenger certificates. This was one of thousands of red-sailed ships dominating London’s skyline in the days before road transport.

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