Certificate no 1851
Status Registered


Function Cargo Vessel
Subfunction Lighter
Location Maldon
Current use Commercial Activity
Available to hire Yes
Available for excursions No
Info required No
Web address www.bargetrust.org


Builder Unknown
Built in 1938
Hull material
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts
Propulsion Towed
Primary engine type None
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
23.25 feet (7.09 m)
7.75 feet (2.36 m)
Length: Overall
79.50 feet (24.25 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed



SAILORMAN is a former Port of London Authority Lighter, with official number 13422. It was built in 1931 for William Henry James Alexander of St James Wharf, Wapping. She was previously known as F18 and D14. She went into the fleet of Silvertown Services Ltd on 3rd October 1938 when Alexander's sold off virtually all of their lighterage fleet. In 1969 Silvertown Services sold her to the Thames Barge Sailing Club now Thames Sailing Barge Trust. 


Classic Boat: George Martin- founding father of restoration, June 2015

Key dates

  • 1931

    Constructed for William Henry James Alexander

  • 1938

    Sold to Silvertown Services Ltd

  • 1969

    Sold to Thames Barge Sailing Trust 

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