Thames Sailing Barge PudGe.
The ninety year old Sailing Barge Pudge has been subject to large amounts of restoration work to her hull and now finds herself approaching the last stage of large scale work which should see her sailing for future generation. Heritage Marine Foundation have carried out an inspection and survey of the vessel, draw up and cost complete refit specification for the renewal of the deck and supporting structure and a complete internal refit including design and costing for a stage 2 bid to Heritage Lottery Fund.
More About Sailing Barge Pudge.
Built in 1922 by London & Rochester Trading Co., Pudge is a Thames sailing barge with a hull construction of pitch pine on oak with a flush deck, the steering wheel on a ‘short spindle’ without the usual raised cabin top. Originally spritsail rigged with bowsprit an auxiliary oil engine made by The Bergius Co.Ltd of Glasgow was installed in 1932. Pudge is one of the last wooden barges to be built. Having worked as a commercial vessel until 1968 with a last freight of Pineapple juice she also has the honour of being a Dunkirk little ship. She is now owned and operated by the Thames Sailing Barge Trust.