Project Description

Type: Luxe Motor
Year: 1929
Length: 19.85m
Beam: 4.2 m
Draft: 1.2m
Engine: DAF 615

Stormvogel was built by of rivetted steel in Zwijndrecht in Holland in 1929 and is a classic example of the small luxe motor class of barge that gradually replaced the sailing barges of the Dutch commercial fleet between the wars. Registered in Breda in 1930 with a registered tonnage of 52 metric tonnes she was still trading up until the early 1980’s. Her last recorded cargo was a consignment of hay bales necessitating the skipper to steer whilst standing on the roof of the wheelhouse. Stormvogel was classed as a museum ship in Rotterdam and Delft and with minor alterations for conversion to residential use she has been based in London since 1998 and cruises regularly on the Thames.