Thistle (1895)

As part of Thistle ‘s 120th birthday celebrations, in 2015 she was awarded “Flagship of the Year, Eastern Region” by National Historic Ships.

A survivor from a different age, the Thistle links the ship building traditions of the Clyde where she was launched in 1895, with the Port of London, amongst whose hustle and bustle she spent her working life.

Her first owner was a coal merchant from Battersea, and a regular passage was collecting coal from the Humber and bringing to the Thames.  She continued in trade as a motor barge until the mid 1970’s and after a spell as a houseboat, was converted back to sail in 1987.

Today, as part of our nation’s maritime heritage, she continues to earn her living providing a memorable venue for entertaining and private functions.

  • Travelling aboard Thames Sailing Barge Hydrogen

  • Sailing capacity:
    50 passengers
  • Static capacity:
    70 guests
  • Dining facilities:
    42 seated, 70 buffet

Virtual tour

Take a look around this barge using the virtual tour below.