Lady Daphne

Capacities 20 for dinner
80 for a static reception
40 when underway
Bar Yes
Garden No
Stage NO
Dinner Yes
Reception Yes
Licensed for civil ceremonies? No

The Lady Daphne is one of the most famous of London’s classic wooden vessels still sailing. Built in 1923 at a gross tonnage of 117 tonnes, able to transport 220 tonnes of cargo, Lady Daphne was one of the many thousand Thames sailing barges built for the English coastal trade from the 18th century until the middle of the 20th century. Now there are fewer than 40 barges left in Britain, and fewer than 10 wooden barges with passenger certificates. You can live history by spending a day on Lady Daphne, as it was during her working life – one of thousands of red-sailed ships dominating London’s skyline in the days before road transport.

Lady Daphne is accommodating, you can:

• go for a day or evening cruise down the Thames and have Tower Bridge raised on the way;
• spend a day exploring the coast or clay pigeon shooting;
• hold a cocktail or birthday party by the Tower of London for up to 80;
• go sailing on a photographic safari or watch the races at Cowes;
• conduct a business meeting, wine tasting or reception with a difference;
• spend your next Christmas party or dinner by a wood fire at Tower Bridge;
• host a dinner party intimately for six, grandly for 20 or buffet for 80.

Lady Daphne can sail with 54 passengers and 3 crew (57 in total including catering staff), although smaller numbers permit everyone to participate in sailing. For “static” (berthside) charters, she can handle numbers up to 80 depending upon your requirements.