Introducing Pudge

Built in 1922 by London & Rochester Trading Co., Pudge is a Thames sailing barge with a hull constructed of pitch pine on oak with a flush deck, with the steering wheel on a ‘short spindle’ without the usual raised cabin top. Originally spritsail rigged with a bowsprit she had an auxiliary oil engine made by The Bergius Co. Ltd of Glasgow and was installed in 1932. Pudge is one of the last wooden barges to be built, (although further barges were built of steel). Pudge spent much of her working life carrying goods between London and Ipswich.

See Pudge in action