Certificate no 1981
Status Archived


Function Cargo Vessel
Subfunction Barge
Location NONE
Vessel type Spritsail Barge
Archive reason Disposed
Current use
Available to hire No
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 was 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 was fully restored in keeping with her historic origins, based in St Katherine’s Dock in London and was used for corporate and private charter hosting weddings, parties, product launches and exhibitions. She was also the venue for the ‘Transport Trust Awards’ presented by HRH Prince Michael of Kent.

As of April 2019, the vessel was reported to being broken up in Oare Creek after falling into disrepair and becoming rotten.


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