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Lady Daphne

Thames sailing barges where originally built for trading in the shallow waters of the Thames and English coastal ports. Famous for their ochre sails, the barges were sailed by a crew of "a man, a boy and a dog", which contrasts with the large crews needed on some of today’s modern yachts.

Lady Daphne was known as the "lucky Lady Daphne" due to an extraordinary incident. On Boxing Day 1927 the skipper was washed overboard and two crew abandoned her off the Cornish coast, but Lady Daphne, `guided´ by the skipper’s canary, sailed herself through the rocks of the Scilly Isles onto a few tens of yards of safe sand.

Today Lady Daphne is well preserved and creates a dramatic setting for corporate entertaining on the Thames. Her large saloon can seat up to 26 people for a formal dinner and is suitable for a buffet for up to 48 guests.

Specifications
Type of Ship: Sailing Barge
Year Built: 1923
Length Overall: 28 metres
Beam: 6.5 metres
Draught: 1.3 metres
Mast Height: 28 metres
Tonnage (GRT): 117
Engine: 550 hp
Crew: 3
Day Guests: 48
Cabins: N/A

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