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Thames Sailing Barges


The details of Thames sailing barges have been transcribed from a number of Mercantile Navy List (MNL volumes.
The Source column will indicate the source volume for a particular set of details - enter this string (such as MNL1916 for the 1916 list) in the Search field if you want to restrict the entries to a particular year.
O.N. column gives the Official Number - which would have stayed with a particular vessel despite sales and renamings.
Registered is the port of registry.
Tons is the vessel's Registered Tonnage.
Owner is the owner or part owner. X signifies Managing Owner. Italics signifiy Manager.

The History column contains notes from the MNL, and it also (in square brackets) has data added from other sources.

With such a large volume of data, there are inevitably some errors. The MNL itself has errors - unless there is an obvious typographical error, the data in the book has been copied as written.

Source

Notes

MNL1883

Mercantile Navy List for 1883.
Only a few entries (one) have been transcribed, where they clarify the history of a particular barge.
This MNL is online on the Australian National Maritime Museum website. Google Mercantile Navy List to find this and other online copies.

MNL1893

Mercantile Navy List for 1893.
Only a few entries for this have been transcribed, where they clarify the history of a particular barge.
Mersea Museum has a copy of this book - but only the Sail section exists. This is probably an historic book that has travelled via Hervey Benham and John Leather.

MNL1907

Mercantile Navy List for 1907.
Only a few entries for this have been transcribed, where they clarify the history of a particular barge.
Mersea Museum has a copy of this book.

MNL1916

Mercantile Navy List for 1916.
All entries have been transcribed if they are thought to be for a Thames sailing barge. Thank you to Don Wright for the loan of this book.

MNL1919

Mercantile Navy List for 1919.
Only a few entries for this have been transcribed, where they clarify the history of a particular barge.
Mersea Museum has a copy of this book.

MNL1933

Mercantile Navy List for 1933.
13 Nov 2009 this list has now been removed and 'replaced' with the 1934 list. The 1934 list has been directly transcribed from the book and is more accurate.

MNL1934

Mercantile Navy List for 1934.
All entries have been transcribed if they are thought to be for a Thames sailing barge. Thank you to David Patient for the loan of this book. Mersea Museum has a scanned copy of this book [ in Images/Books ].

MNL1938

Mercantile Navy List for 1938.
All entries have been transcribed if they are thought to be for a Thames sailing barge. However, the records have been copied several times and errors have crept in. Mersea Museum does not have a copy of the 1938 MNL and is not in a position to correct it. The loan of a copy would be very welcome.

MNL1953

Mercantile Navy List for 1953.
Entries transcribed by Hugh Perks, SSBR. Hugh comments:
For barges with engines tonnages given are net tonnage; those for sailormen are registered tonnage.
A considerable number of those barges which continued to be registered in 1953 were no longer in trade: some were lighters, roads barges, housebarges, barge yachts, or had already been broken-up (some before the war).
Mersea Museum does not have a copy of the 1953 MNL.


There is much more information on many of these barges in The Sailing Barge Compendium, published by the Society for Sailing Barge Research.
They have also extracted barges listed in the 1899 Mercantile Navy List and published it as a booklet. See the SSBR website for details.