Registration number 1984
Status Registered


Function Cargo Vessel
Subfunction Barge
Location Dartford Creek
Vessel type Spritsail Barge
Current use Commercial Activity
Available to hire Yes
Available for excursions No


Builder Fay, J G & Son Ltd, Southampton
Built in 1899
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
19.60 feet (5.98m)
3.00 feet (0.92m)
Length: Overall
85.00 feet (25.93m)
Tonnage: Gross


DECIMA is the only sailing example of a large number of Thames sailing barges built by F. G. Fay & Co. of Southampton from 1897-1899 for E. J. Goldsmith of Grays. She traded for Goldsmith’s in general cargo work up to approximately 1949 and was then sold to Rayfield's of Gravesend. In the 1960s, she was converted to a motor barge and bought by Greenhithe Lighterage Co (Tester Bros). She left the trade in 1977 when Dennis Wildish purchased her and was re-rigged and sailed as an auxiliary barge through the late 1970s and early 1980s. In 1996, DECIMA was sold to Jeremy Taunton and used as a houseboat on Faversham creek. She returned to sailing in early 2003 when she was bought by her current owner, and was then extensively re-plated and re-rigged to her present sailing condition. Over the past two years, the vessel has been fully restored to sailing status with new engines as well.


  • January 2013

    A Sustainability Award for £1000 towards the costs of restoring the original sailing rig was made from the Strategic Development Fund of National Historic Ships UK


Houston, Dan, Classic Boat:Thames Barge Match, September 2005

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