Certificate no 2276
Status Registered


Function Service Vessel
Subfunction Launch
Location Oxford
Vessel type College Barge
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Salter Brothers Ltd, Oxford
Built in 1930
Hull material Steel
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts
Propulsion Towed
Primary engine type None
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
16.50 feet (5.03 m)
7.50 feet (2.29 m)
Length: Overall
70.00 feet (21.35 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed



This is the last Oxford College Barge to be built.  These barges were used as a club common room, crew changing room and viewing platform for rowing races.  Each barge was designed as a unique craft with architectural merit and her designer, Nathaniel Harrison FRIBA, was a celebrated architect. CORPUS CHRISTI BARGE is one of only seven remaining.

Corpus Christi College rowing club barge fell into disrepair when boathouses were built on Christchurch meadow.  In the 1960s/70s the College Barges became abandoned and neglected.

There are 7 remaining (3 in Oxford) and all are owned privately, or by small trusts.

Key dates

  • 1930

    Built by Salters, Oxford

  • 2011

    Vessel open for public viewing on Saturday 10 September as part of English Heritage's Open Day weekend. Restoration is ongoing and progressing well

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