Introducing Centaur

Centaur was launched by John and Herbert Cann on 15 February 1895 at their Bathside yard in Gashouse Creek, Harwich, for Charles Stone of Mistley. At this time Cann’s yard was turning out one or two sailing barges each year: Kitty, which was also completed in 1895, is amongst a clutch of their barges which have survived and she can also be seen in Maldon.

Centaur is built of wood as a coasting barge – able to trade all around the British coast and to the near continent. This meant she was larger than the river barges.

See Centaur in action