Certificate no 1875
Status Registered


Function Cargo Vessel
Subfunction Barge
Location Pin Mill
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Orvis & Fuller, Ipswich
Built in 1891
Hull material Wood
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts
Propulsion Unknown
Primary engine type Unknown
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
14.00 feet (4.27 m)
2.00 feet (0.61 m)
Length: Overall
65.00 feet (19.83 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


The barge YARE was built by Orvis & Fuller at St Clements Shipyard, Ipswich, in 1871 and named after the River Yare. She joined a fleet of thirty Gipping barges carrying agricultural, commercial and domestic supplies. Her principal cargo was agricultural fertilisers for Packard and Fison. YARE was one of the last barges to be employed on the Ipswich-Stowmarket run. In 1933, she became a houseboat at Pin Mill. She was then bought by Jack Haste in 1953 for a very low price after some damage had been caused by flooding. YARE’S hull is carvel built, fastened with treenails and iron nails. She has a bluff bow and stern, with a plumb straight stem. She has retained her original structure and still floats.


Evening Star: The weather warms up - out come the renovators - hernias and all, 14 June 1966 

Key dates

  • 1871

    Built by Orivis and Fuller at Ipswich

  • 1910

    Last barge to carry sulphuric acid for the gun cotton factory at Stowmarket

  • 1933

    Became houseboat at Pin Mill

  • 1953

    Purchased by Mr Jack Haste following damage in floods

  • 2015

    Auctioned for continuing use as holiday home on River Orwell

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