|Tax Status:||Tax Exempt|
River Crouch Essex UK|
A National Historic vessel, Kitty is a fully working sailing, Charter vessel / Liveaboard vessel. She is 82ft long with a 22ft beam.
Fully kitted out for as a rather unique venue for a business meetings, Family Parties, Corporate entertainment or just for the sheer pleasure of a sail aboard one of these magnificent ex " Work Horses".
Kitty is a wooden vessel. Built in 1895 by J & H Cann of Harwich, Having undergone major refurbishment. Her gleaming wood and brass confirms the widely-held opinion amongst the barge community that Sailing Barge Kitty is now considered to be one of the finest barges that is currently available for charter. She provides a unique location for corporate hospitality, family celebrations and team building.
Whether on deck, down below in the saloon, or perhaps unwinding in the bar, Kitty has something to offer everyone. This treasure of maritime history, together with its modern entertainment systems, will provide an unforgettable venue for any special celebrations or corporate event.
One of 37 barges built by J & H Cann at Gas House Creek, Harwich. The Cann's were renowned for both high quality workmanship and a reputation for building fast vessels. This reputation for speed is evidenced by the number of East Coast Barge races she has won over the years
Sailing Barge Kitty was built in 1895 to carry cargoes of grain in the North Sea, along the East Coast and on to the near continent. She worked up until 1938.
Her Spritsail rig has a sail area of nearing 3000 sq ft, she weighs 79 gross tons. In her time capable of carrying a cargo of 150tons, mainly sailed by a Master and his Mate alone. She was taken out of trade in 1955 after 60years of commercial service.
She holds a passenger licence for up to 43 guests when under sail . 60 guests when moored up to 35 persons for a formal dinner. The event and catering can be tailored to meet your individual requirements. Her sailing exemption certificate allows her to sail with passenger around the whole of UK waters with passengers.
Presently she is moored alongside undergoing some cosmetic refit work. She is awaiting a slot for a dry dock, for her survey an annual requirement of the MCA. If she is to continue as a Charter Vessel.
|Condition:||Good, requires commissioning and routine maintainance|
|Vessel type:||single wooden displacement hull|
|Builder:||J & H Cann|
|Model:||82ft Sprit Sail rig|
|Class Society:||Thames Sailing Barge Association|
|No. of engines:||1|
|Drive type:||Shaft drive|
|Cruising Speed:||5 Knots|
|Maximum Speed:||8 Knots|
|Length over all:||82'|
|Length of deck:||82'|
|Length at waterline:||82'|
|Dry Weight:||79 metric tons|
As a Charter Barge she has a comprehensive inventory of all gear and equipment to facilitate the catering and bar facilities for 50 persons, furniture and fittings required.
Refrigeration. Gas cookers. Full sized catering galley. Loads of stowage
Double sinks. Hot and cold pressurised water system.
Tables and seating for 35 persons.
Central corridor runs the full length of the barge alongside the enormous pine keelson.
Aft of the heads there is a privacy partitioning door , beyond going aft there is a tall freezer standing in a corridor stowage cupboard. A double cabin to port this has a bedside airing type stowage and a large sliding double door hanging wardrobe. Opposite there is a double bunk berth cabin, both large singles.
Sound proof door to the engine room the engine itself is encased in a sound reduction box.
Generator and other mechanics in the engine room.
Another sound proofed door to stair well, companionway steps coming down from the helming position.
Engine controls and radio all on the stair well.
Concertinaed door to the Master’s cabin.
Masters cabin is all panelled out with varnished pine there is seating both sides with a table and free standing pot bellied stove and two large coffin berths.
Paint store in the forepeak and then there is a large rope store.
This forward cabin area also has two single bunk berths
Double Skinned carvel wooden flat bottomed displacement hull. Constructed in 1895.
Annually dry docked for her MCA certification.
Large transom hung rudder.
Wooden combings and hatch board canvas covered.
Kitty 25 metres in deck length, 6.5 metre on the beam;
She is massively built on oak frames and floors clad in 3 and 4 inch thick pitch pine planking. She still has her original pine keelson 0.4 metres square and 23 metres long. Her spritsail rig has a sail area of almost 3000 square feet and her gross tonnage is 79 tons and is capable of carrying a cargo of 150 tons.
Barge boat hanging in Davits on Aft Deck.
Large main anchor on chain,
Manual anchor windlass
Companionway to the interior from deck level. Wooden varnished steps
Bar Area with fixed seating, carpeted throughout, Glass fronted display fridge, Optics, 2 door cabinet for glass storage.
Full standing fridge and drinks store.(behind bar area)
Gas heater for the hot water
Pressurized hot and cold water system
Two stainless steel sinks with drainer.
6 burner gas stove with double oven (commercial)
Full standing larder fridge. Electric kettles, Microwave.
Plates cutlery and crockery for 50 persons
Loads of cupboard and drawer space.
Servery counter with lifting section to access the dining area.
Fixed surround seating
3 x dining tables.
Carpeting throughout the vessel.
Claret coloured upholstery in good condition.
The whole internal fit out has been well executed the hull is well ventilated throughout.
Light and airy.
2 separate head compartments with button flush sea toilets and wash basins. A holding tank.
Wheel Steering from deck.
Compass in binnacle.
Doosan Marine engine,
Shaft driven to triple bladed propeller.
Spritsail rig with Bowsprit which can be lowered. Main mast, mizzen mast, both deck stepped in metal tabernacle. Metal masts, sprit , wooden topmast
All traditional wooden blocks and tackle.
Manual halyards winches x 2.
Tan coloured canvas sails. The star painted in her topsail is the original owner’s mark, J Horlock of Mistley, used to identify the vessel at long distances.
12v 24v 240v shore power and ring main.
Mains power supply to deck. 4 x external sockets
240v ring main, sockets throughout the vessel.
Cannister liferafts with shelter awning
Note: Indicated location is approximate general area only.