SABRINA 6 was built in 1944 as one of six dumb barges bearing the same name for the Ministry of War Transport. One of her sister ships, SABRINA 5, is also a surviving registered historic vessel and is now a museum exhibit owned by the Canal and River Trust in Gloucester Docks. As a 90 foot long unpowered barge, SABRINA 6 was built to be towed by a tug with the ability to distribute cargo quickly inland. From 1948 onwards she was operated by British Waterways until she was taken out of service and subsequently purchased by Bristol Cruising Club in 1985 as an unseaworthy wreck. She is now operated as a ‘club house’ for a thriving community boat club in Bristol City Docks. She is one of two historic vessels in the harbour operated by a club, the other being JOHN SEBASTIEN which is also on the National Register of Historic Vessels.
Built by Charles Hill & Sons of Bristol for the Ministry of War Transport
Operated by British Waterways
Bought as a wreck by Bristol Cruising Club and restored and operated as their club house
Full out of the water overhaul, including replating and an interior refit
Substantial work to improve accessibility.
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