The LADY DAPHNE, a coastal spritsail barge
Construction of the coastal spritsail barge LADY DAPHNE was started in 1919 by Short Bros of Rochester, Kent, UK. She finally was launched in 1923, at the cost of 4.000 Pounds Sterling. She was used in cargo transport on the rivers Thames and Medway and their estuary.
Furthermore she was engaged in salving cargo from the ill-fated 4-masted barque Herzogin Cecilie, which went ashore in Sewer Mill Cove in Devon in 1936 and became a total loss.
Lady Daphne is still going strong. She can be chartered for
parties on the River Thames.
The LADY DAPHNE model, photos, description and dimensions
The model was built in 1972 by J.P. van den Heuvel with great care of details. The model is a masterpiece.
The building plans were drawn by Harold A. Underhill. They are named as plans for a 200 tons Coastal Sailing Barge “Lady Daphne” at a scale 1 : 48.
Further information can be found in the books : “Spritsail Barges of Thames and Medway” by Edgar J. March, publisher David & Charles, Newton Abbot, 1970, ISBN 715346814 and “Sailing Barges” by Frank G.G. Carr, Conway Maritime Press 1971, ISBN 085177 024 X.
The model is 1 : 48 scale. Length over all is 84 cm (bowsprit and
mizzen boom included), width is 21 cm, height is 72 cm (model stand
The ship can be taken out of the stand, e.g. for transport.