Certificate no 2347
Status Registered


Function Cargo Vessel
Subfunction Barge
Location Purton
Vessel type Kennet Canal Broad Beam Barge
Current use None
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Robbins, Lane & Pinnigar
Built in 1905
Hull material Wood
Rig Gaff Ketch
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 2
Propulsion Sail
Primary engine type None
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
14.20 feet (4.33 m)
5.21 feet (1.59 m)
Length: Overall
73.77 feet (22.50 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


HARRIETT was built as a barge in 1905 and is of timber carvel construction, teak and oak. She was originally ketch rigged and was propelled by sail or towed. She operated as a cargo vessel until 1964 on the Kennet and Avon Canal, River Severn and Bristol Harbour and then became a barge offloading from ships. In 1964 the vessel was beached at Purton as part of the River Severn Barrier. Many vessels, known collectively as the Purton Hulks, formed a barrier to prevent further erosion of the riverbank between the River Severn and the parallel Sharpness to Gloucester canal.

Key dates

  • 1905

    Built by Robins Lane & Pinnigar of Honey Street, Wiltshire as a barge

  • 1905-64

    Used as a barge on the Kennet & Avon Canal, the River Severn and Bristol Harbour then as a barge offloading from ships including the Port of London

  • 2008

    Bought by present owners

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