Certificate no 1981
Status Registered


Function Cargo Vessel
Subfunction Barge
Location St Katharine Docks
Vessel type Spritsail Barge
Current use Commercial Activity
Available to hire Yes
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Cann, John & Herbert, Harwich
Built in 1896
Hull material
Rig Spritsail
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 2
Propulsion Sail
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
20.00 feet (6.10 m)
4.00 feet (1.22 m)
Length: Overall
83.00 feet (25.32 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


Thames Sailing barge BERIC is a fine example of an industrial era. Built at Harwich in 1896, she principally ferried grain and flour between Ipswich and London. She was one of the last sea-going wooden vessels to carry cargo in Britain, trading up until 1977. BERIC has now been fully restored and, based in St Katherine’s Dock, is used for corporate and private charter. Whilst the owners have ensured that BERIC'S re-fit was in keeping with her historic origins, she now boasts electric lighting, a PA system and even a full-size sunken bath! Hosting weddings, parties, product launches and exhibitions, she has also been the venue for the ‘Transport Trust Awards’ presented by HRH Prince Michael of Kent.

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