Certificate no 2783
Status Registered


Function Cargo Vessel
Subfunction Barge
Location London
Vessel type Spritsail Barge
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Gill & Sons, Rochester
Built in 1887
Hull material Wood
Rig Spritsail
Number of decks 0
Number of masts 2
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Inboard diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Length: Overall
45.50 feet (13.87 m)
Breadth: Beam
12.67 feet (3.86 m)
5.50 feet (1.68 m)
Air Draft
7.50 feet (2.29 m)
Tonnage: Gross


DINAH was built in 1887 by Gill & Sons of Rochester as a Thames Sailing Barge, not built to trade but as a pleasure vessel and is one of the earliest surviving examples of a barge yacht. She is a vessel of timber construction with a Ford diesel engine.

Her first owner was the Honourable Reginald Thomas Dudley Brougham of London. Her registered owners are: 1888 Reginald T. D. Brougham, London; 1890 Arthur G. Potter, Islington, London; 1891 Ernest Cecil Latter, Corinthian Club, Piccadilly, London; 1904 Aubrey Stuart, South Hampstead, London; 1907 Lilian Macmahon, Ramsgate; 1911 Frederick G. Ensor, City of London; 1913 Howard Hollingsworth, North Lowestoft; 1919 Matthew L. Crane, Ipswich; 1921 Gerald N. Newton, Piccadilly, London; 1923 Garnet J. Oswell, Stratford, Essex; 1929 Capt. H.E.D. Cullen (M.C.), Surrey; 1933 Louise M. Milward, Old Windsor; 1947 Rupert Brooke, Lowestoft; 1952 Sam Street, Lowestoft; 1954 M.W. Pratt & M.B. Prichard; 1979 Aidan & Yvonne de la Mare; 2006 Richard Johnson; 2013 P. Knopp & J. Armour-Marshall. By 1979 Dinah was lying derelict in a lighter in Sharpness, Gloucestershire. She was then purchased by Aidan de la Mare and his wife Yvonne, and taken by land to Dock End Yard, Ipswich, where initial restoration work was undertaken by Roy Woods before she moved to Chelmondiston and, later, Southwold. Restoration work was finally completed in June 2006. From 2006 onwards Dinah was moored at Iken on the Alde, Suffolk. In 2013, after further repairs in Maldon, Essex, she was moved to London with her current owners.

Key dates

  • 1887

    Built by G W Gill, Rochester

  • 1888

    First owned by The Hon Reginald Thomas Sudley Brougham, London

  • 1890

    Owned by Arthur G Potter, Islington, London

  • 1891

    Owned by Ernest Cecil Latter, Corinthian Club, Piccadilly, London

  • 1904

    Owned by Aubrey Stuart, South Hampstead, London

  • 1907

    Owned by Lilian Macmahon, Ramsgate

  • 1911

    Owned by Frederick G Ensor, City of London

  • 1913

    Owned by H Hollingsworth, North Lowestoft

  • 1919

    Owned by Matthew L Crane, Ipswich

  • 1921

    Owned by Gerald N Newton, Piccadilly, London

  • 1923

    Owned by Garnet J Oswell, Stratford, Essex

  • 1929

    Owned by Capt H E D Cullen (MC), Surrey

  • 1933

    Owned by Louise Milward, Old Windsor

  • 1947

    Owned by Rupert Brooke, Lowestoft

  • 1952

    Owned by Sam Street, Lowestoft

  • 1954

    Owned by M W Pratt and M B Prichard

  • 1979

    Owned by Aiden & Yvonne de la Mare

  • 2006

    Owned by Richard Johnson

  • 2013

    Acquired by current owners

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