This classic Thames Sailing Barge was built in 1922 in Sittingbourne by Messers. Willis & Packham for the celebrated Horlock family. She achieved racing success in the Thames matches during the 1930’s and took first place over a number of years.
On 6th June 1940 an English Bomber crash landed upon her resulting in the loss of her rigging and fire damage to part of her deck. She was then consigned to ammunition duty for the rest of the war. After the war, she was converted to a motor barge and it wasn't until 1973 that Albert Groom returned her to her former sailing glory.
At 84.1 feet long and with a 20 foot beam the SB Phoenician, moored in St Katherine Docks in London, was refitted to the highest standards during the 1990's to provide the most superior facilities available in its class, for both racing and entertaining.
Sadly due to a racing accident she had to return to Maldon for repair work to be carried out, but suffered further bad damage in the freezing conditions and heavy snow of 2010. She underwent major deck refurbishment and is now moored back at St Katherine Docks, but unfortunately she is undergoing further internal work which means she is currently unavailable for hire.
If you are interested in hiring our beautiful Thames Barge as a fabulously unique entertainment venue in the future, we are hoping she will be ready to receive guests on board in a few months time - please give Zoe a call on 01375 366733.