Certificate no 2335
Status Registered


Function Cargo Vessel
Subfunction Barge
Location Faversham
Vessel type Spritsail Barge
Current use Ongoing conservation
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Hughes, J, Greenwich
Built in 1895
Hull material Wood
Rig Spritsail
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 2
Propulsion Sail
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Inboard diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
21.50 feet (6.56 m)
4.00 feet (1.22 m)
Length: Overall
86.00 feet (26.23 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


ORINOCO is a Thames Sailing Barge of timber construction, pitch pine and oak and has a Gardner inboard diesel engine model 60W. She was built in 1895 by Hughes of Greenwich and registered in London. Originally owned by Frank W Masons of Waldringfield on the Deben, she was later bought by Cranfield Brothers of Ipswich. In 1966 ORINOCO sank after a collision in the Thames. After refloating and repairs she was sold to Lawrie Tester who refitted her in his yard at Hollowshore and raced her in numerous events where she was seldom excluded from the prize lists. During the storms and floods of 1977 she dragged her moorings and grounded for 6 months waiting for a large enough tide to refloat her. She was then sold to Peter Sands and Robert Poppe who continued to race her successfully. ORINOCO was bought by her present owner in 1998, relocated to Faversham and has been undergoing restoration for more than a decade. During the later stages of the restoration she has resumed her racing career.

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