A Heritage Harbour, an Historic Sailing Vessel and a fresh start.
Lady Daphne is heading to a new home for 2022, which also featured in her past. As part of the Thomas Watson Shipping fleet, she was involved in the China Clay Industry of yesteryear around Charlestown and Fowey, alongside her sister barges, Lady Jean and Lady Roseberry.
Nearly ending her career, shortly after it got started, she was shipwrecked in 1928 on the Isles of Scilly, whilst carrying a cargo of China Clay, after her Skipper was lost overboard, and the crew rescued by Lizard Lifeguard.
As well as links to the china clay industry, she was skippered by a descendent of a former Harbourmaster of Charlestown Harbour itself.
We are taking her back to her roots in a bid to widen the audience exposed to Thames Sailing Barges and all their history, and diversify her use once more. As current owners, since 2016, we aim to carve a new path in her iconic history, which connects her back to the people and places of her younger years.
We very much hope her presence in Charlestown Harbour will bring pleasure and enhancement to the locals of Charlestown and to the Heritage Harbour, and secure her safe future for all to enjoy for many years to come.
Weather permitting, we will sail westwards during spring 2022.
Once safely settled in Charlestown harbour we will be announcing a new, exciting program of events.