Registration number 1171
Status Registered

Previous names

  • 1926 - 1953 Wilfred
  • 1953 - 1983 Stargate


Function Cargo Vessel
Subfunction Barge
Location Maldon
Current use None
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No


Builder Piper, J R, Greenwich
Built in 1926
Hull material Other metal
Rig Spritsail
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 2
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
21.34 feet (6.51m)
4.00 feet (1.22m)
Length: Overall
88.16 feet (26.89m)
Tonnage: Gross


WILFRED is a twin screw motorised general cargo carrier, built by J. Piper of East Greenwich in 1926. Her official number was 149696. She previously had a Bergius diesel engine with two cylinders and eighty-eight brake horsepower, but is now fitted with a Kromhout 90 kilowatt engine. From 1926 to 1949, she worked in the sand and ballast trade under the ownership of Thomas Scholey & Co. Ltd., out of Dawson Wharf, Greenwich. Her sister ships were PIP and SQUEAK. During this time, in 1938, she was converted to a motor barge. In 1953, she was re-named STARGATE and sold to Rochester Trading Co. to trade in general cargoes. However, she retired from the trade in 1970 and passed into private ownership. In 1983, her name was changed back to WILFRED. She was refurbished in 1991 and started trading as 'El Barco Latino', a restaurant ship moored at Temple Pier on Victoria Embankment, London. By the 2020s she was trading as the Spanish bar Bar & Co.

Update, February 2024: WILFRED sank at her moorings in a storm on 4 January and was refloated on 14 January. However, the damage was too severe and WILFRED was scrapped a few weeks later. 


Key dates

  • 1926

    WILFRED is a general cargo carrier built by J. Piper of East Greenwich

  • 1926-49

    Worked in sand and ballast trade under ownership of Thomas Scholey & Co. Ltd., Dawson Wharf, Greenwich

  • 1938

    Converted to motor barge

  • 1953

    Re-named STARGATE and sold to Rochester Trading Co. to trade in general cargoes

  • 1970

    Retired from the trade and passed into private ownership

  • 1983

    Name changed back to WILFRED

  • 1991

    Refurbished and started trading as 'El Barco Latino' restaurant ship moored at Temple Pier, London

  • 2024

    After sinking at her moorings in a storm in January 2024, Wilfred was scrapped a few weeks later. 


Lloyds Register of Ships 1997-8, Lloyd's of London, pp1031, Volume A-G, 1998  

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