Certificate no 2005
Status Archived


Function Cargo Vessel
Subfunction Barge
Location Colchester
Vessel type Swin Head Stumpy Barge
Archive reason More information required
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Unknown
Built in 1935
Hull material
Rig Spritsail
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 2
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Inboard diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
18.00 feet (5.49 m)
3.00 feet (0.92 m)
Length: Overall
72.00 feet (21.96 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed



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.


We are lacking information on this vessel.  If you have any details past of present, please contact us.

Key dates

  • 1935

    Built by unknown builder as a Lighter for Mead and Company to transport wood pulp and timber

  • 1986

    Purchased by new owner.  Started to be converted to a Swim Head Stumpy Barge

  • 2000

    Sailed by owners to Holland via France & Belgium to Amsterdam

  • 2005

    Returned to England

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