Atrato

Spritsail Barge built 1898 by Forrestt & Sons Ltd, Wivenhoe

Designated ensign Designated house flag

191

Registered


Cargo Vessel

Barge


Spritsail Barge

Battersea


Ongoing conservation

Operating


No

No


27/02/1996

27/06/2013



Gallery


Propulsion

Sail

Inboard


None

None


Dimensions

82.02 feet (25.00 metres)

18.65 feet (5.69 metres)


84.36 feet (25.73 metres)

6.90 feet (2.10 metres)


95.00


History

Built 1898 by Forrest & Sons Limited, Wivenhoe, ATRATO is a Thames Sailing Barge with a steel hull. Her current engine is a Kelvin K3 66hp built in 1944. She was first owned by Hughes at Greenwich and then by the London & Rochester Barge Company from 1923 when an auxiliary Hamworthy petrol engine was fitted. In 1944 she was rebuilt as a motor barge and sold to her present owner in 1980. For most of her working life she carried general cargo from the Thames and Medway around the coast. She is currently undergoing restoration to her original specification.

Key dates

  1. 1898 Built by Forrest of Wivenhoe
  2. 1944 Conversion to motor barge, Kelvin K3 engine installed
  3. 1980 Sold out of trade, conversion back to sailing barge commenced

Bibliography

  1. 1971 Sailing Barges - Carr, Frank
  2. 1975 Sprts'l: A Portrait of Sailing Barges and Sailormen - Perks, Richard Hugh
  3. 1987 The Last Berth of the Sailorman
  4. 1995 Barges Sailing Today: Sailing Barge Information Pamplet No: 1 - Wood, D G
  5. 1999 Classic Boat Revival of the Fittest
If you are the owner of the vessel and would like to provide more details or updated information please contact info@nationalhistoricships.org.uk

keel bar:

metal bar forming the keel of a metal vessel