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Humber Barge 70ft

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Boat REF# 117052
removed from sale
Length 21.64m (71'0")
Year 1931
Construction Steel
Underwater profile Full-Displacement
Sleeping berths 6
Engine 1 x diesel 88hp, Kelvin KR4 (1939)
Lying London Docklands


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Extra Details

Builder Richard Dunston Ltd
Lying London Docklands
Discounts available from our Preferred Partners
Fuel capacity 5,000.0 ltr (1,100.0 USG) Total - 2 Tanks
Water capacity 1,000.0 ltr (220.0 USG) Total - 2 Tanks
Holding tank capacity 1,000.0 ltr (220.0 USG) Total - 1 Tanks


Engine 1 x diesel 88hp
Engine make and model Kelvin KR4 (1939)
Engine Hours Not Recorded
Engine Cooled Direct
Steering wheel
Drive shaft
Fuel consumption (approx) Not Recorded
Cruising speed (approx) 6 knots
Max speed (approx) 10 knots
Generator output 10KVA

Honda 10KVA generator
Mastervolt 3KVA inverter / charger


10% Discount on Boat Insurance
Length 21.64m (71'0")
Beam 4.96m (16'3")
Draft Min 1.52m (5'0")
Displacement 43,690kg (96,336.5lbs)
Storage On marina


10% discount on rigging

Ketch rigged Wood spars (unknown year) with standing rigging (unknown year)


New Sails Upgrade?
Reefing mainsail - (unknown year)

Gaff rigged ketch

Electrical Systems

24 volt, 6 batteries charged by: engine, shore power, generator


10% discount on ultrasonic antifouling
Construction Steel
Underwater profile Full-Displacement
Finish Paint finish


Total # of berths 6
No. of double berths 1
No. of single berths 4
Cabin(s) 3
Sink 2
Shower 1
Heads 1 heads (Manual)
Stove tick
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Oven tick
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Fridge tick
Freezer tick
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Fresh water wash tick
Microwave tick
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Very bright and spacious interior providing 1,200 sg ft of living accommodation. The galley is as well equipped as any kitchen, with fridge, freezer, microwave, Rayburn Aga (2 ovens and 2 burners) and electric induction hob (giving an additional 4 burners). Large breakfast bar area.

Below, the saloon has a large separate dining area with traditional dining table & chairs.

Large bathroom with toilet, double wash basins and large bath / shower.

2 burner diesel Stove

Nav Equipment

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TV tick
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Computer tick
DVD tick
WiFi Booster tick

Deck Gear

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Fenders tick

Manual windlass
2 anchors
0.00m (0'0") of chain
dinghy (unknown year)
0hp outboard, Seagull, Long shaft (unknown year)

Safety Equipment

10% Discount on courses
Liferaft tick
Life jackets tick
Life buoys tick
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Horn tick
Swim ladder tick
Security Alarm tick
Emergency steering tick

3 bilge pumps (0 manual / 3 electric)

Broker's Comments

This is one of the most stunning houseboats I’ve seen. In fact, this is much more than a ‘houseboat’ - it’s a substantial 3-bedroom central London home. On a residential mooring close to the City and just 5 minutes from Canary Wharf, this Dunkirk Little Ship (the last to leave “The Mole” in Dunkirk after she had been at the beaches ferrying soldiers to larger vessels) has been lovingly restored and is now well and truly shipshape. She is also on the National Historic Ships Register and a member of the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships. The ADLS is considered to be 'the most exclusive sailing club in the world, as membership is by ownership of a proven Dunkirk Little Ship only'. The ADLS House Flag is the cross of St.George (the flag of Admiralty) defaced with the Arms of Dunkirk and this is by Admiralty Warrant.

She has a full residential licence with liveaboard status; there’s no additional council tax to pay and the vessel has VAT exempt status on expenses, keeping the running costs right down.

With over 1,200 square feet of living space, the striking wooden interior is immaculate and has all the trappings we expect in a modern home. From the Aga to the wi-fi, from the dishwasher to the entertainment system, it’s all here. The saloon / dining room is spacious and has traditional dining table and chairs included in the sale price. There is a breakfast bar in the spacious, bright and airy upper galley / saloon area.

This houseboat has masses of storage space, with full wardrobes in the master cabin and lots of cupboards and lockers throughout. There’s even an under-floor wine cellar, with capacity for around 60 bottles. The bathroom has two wash basins and a large bath with shower. On the same level is a twin berth guests’ cabin. Accessible from an outside hatch is another cabin in the bow. This one has two bunks and an office / study (this could easily be converted to provide an additional 2 berths, making a total of 8).

The engine room, which houses the fully restored and pristine Kelvin KR4 88hp diesel engine, doubles up as a workshop and offers additional storage space.

As a sailing boat, she has reassuring sea-keeping qualities and she will cruise along nicely at 6-8 knots. She comes with all the latest nav gear including chartplotter, VHF/DSC and radar and she is as much at home on the high seas as she is on the pontoon in this secure, gated marina. Whilst the sail plan may look intimidating at first, this boat is set up for short-handed cruising and is a joy to sail.

The boat comes with a huge amount of history, all backed up with original bills, paperwork and books.

The marina is in a popular and convenient location, with tubes, buses, trains and the river bus all close to hand, as are supermarkets, bars, restaurants and shops.

These boat details are subject to contract.
Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.

This Humber Barge 70ft has been personally photographed and viewed by Brian Duckett of Boatshed London. Click here for contact details.
Disclaimer The particulars detailed herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but their accuracy cannot be guaranteed. These particulars are not and shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel and are supplied on the understanding that all negotiations shall be through Boatshed, who act as agents for the vendor. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. The prospective purchaser is strongly recommended to check the particulars and, where considered appropriate, at his own expense, to employ qualified agents to carry out structural and/or mechanical and/or electrical surveys and inspections in order to assess the actual condition of the vessel before purchase.