FERTILE is a swim head stumpy barge, built in 1935, now based at Colchester. This ex-Thames lighter was found in a Medway scrapyard in 1984 by her present owner. She has an iron hull and a Ford diesel 6 bhp engine made in 1976.
Built by unknown builder as a Lighter for Mead and Company to transport wood pulp and timber
Purchased by new owner. Started to be converted to a Swim Head Stumpy Barge
Sailed by owners to Holland via France & Belgium to Amsterdam
Returned to England
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