264Re: Thames Sailing Barge No. 109881 'Dannebrog'
- Nov 1, 2006Dear Anon [!]
Here's a thumbnail history of the barge and a pic:
Here's a more complete history:
Dannebrog of Harwich, Off. No. 109881
built 1901 by McLearon at Harwich, a ketch barge of 71 tons, for S.
R. Groom, and a sister ship to Alice May. Later altered to a spritsail
rig, to an auxiliary in 1949, and a full motor barge in 1955.
Re-rigged in 1970's, then became a static exhibition barge in St.
Katherine's Dock for Taylor Woodrow from 1974. Sold in 1992, berthed
at Hoo Marina 1994 - refitting by owner Peter Sands. Badly damaged
Spring 1996 when on a very high tide she was stranded athwart a
concrete lighter at Hoo resulting in a large hole in her bottom (poss
broken back??) Other owners include A. Wife, Cranfield Bros., and R &
W Paul (1967). (Photo p. 32, Down Topsail)
Source: "Bob's Book Of Barges" [unpublished]
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> I am the owner of a narrowboat built by R. W Davis of Saul, Glos. The
> boat was built as a prototype to accommodate a Kelvin K3 marine diesel
> engine - the engine fitted to our boat was originally fitted to the
> sailing barge 'Dannebrog' by Richard's Ironworks of Lowestoft in 1954;
> I have copies of the invoice, delivery note and associated paperwork.
> The late George Bergius, who designed the engine believed that the
> unit supplied in 1954 would have been a replacement for an earlier but
> similar engine - he based his assumption on the fact that no control
> equipment or installation materials were supplied with it. R W Davis
> acquired the engine for restoration at the end of 1993.
> I am trying to find out more about the 'Dannebrog' - so far I have
> established that it was acquired from Pauls by the contractors
> developing St. Katherines Dock during the 1970s and that it may have
> been on display there for about twenty years before being towed to the
> Rochester area where it may have been broken up.
> It would be especially helpful if I could trace a photograph of the
> Can anyone help?
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