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Humber Barge 60ft

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18.79m (61'8")

unknown year


Underwater profile


1 x Diesel 0hp, Lister (unknown year)

Medway, Kent, UK


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Extra Details

Lying Medway, Kent, UK


Engine 1 x Diesel 0hp
Engine make and model Lister (unknown year)
Engine Hours Not Recorded
Engine Cooled Direct
Fuel consumption (approx) Not Recorded


LOA 18.79m (61'8")
Beam 4.77m (15'8")
Draft Max 1.18m (3'10")
Storage On mooring


Construction Steel
Underwater profile Full-displacement
Finish Paint finish

This vessel used to be the famous Greenwich Bookboat that sailed into Greenwich in the summer of 1978, it was a favorite destination for children for the next 20-odd years before being purchased by the current owners who have owned her for the past 25 years.


Total # of berths 4
No. of double berths 2
Cabin(s) 2
Handbasin 1
Shower 1
Heads 1 heads (Sea Toilet)
Cooker tick
Grill tick
Oven tick
Sink tick
Fridge tick
Pressurised water system tick
Hot water system tick
Non-Smokers tick

There are roof lights throughout giving plenty of natural light, as well as small portholes which add great character.

Access is via a side door into the wheelhouse where you have a large L-shape galley. The wide staircase takes you down to the saloon area which includes large Wood burning stove, a small door off the saloon leads to the second bedroom where the owners have made use of every inch of the space!
Moving forward from the saloon you have the master bedroom which benefits from a bath & sink in a open plan style on the port side. Continue forward into heads which benefits from a large shower.

4 burner gas cooker

Deck Gear

Warps tick
Fenders tick

Broker's Comments

These boat details are subject to contract.
Boatshed Medway are delighted to present this Humber Keel Barge which use to be the famous Greenwich Bookboat. The Bookboat sailed into Greenwich in the summer of 1978, She then become a favorite destination for children for the next 20-odd years. The Bookboat was the only specialist children’s bookshop south of the river and probably the only floating children’s bookshop in the world. And for its size it packed quite a punch - by 1984 it was carrying over 7,000 titles! She sadly had to close in the early 90's due to Health & safety laws & a few years later she was purchased by the current owners who converted her into the 2 bed live aboard she is today. This lovely vessel is stacked in history & makes a very good sized 2 bedroom home on the water. The residential mooring she currently occupies can be taken over subject to the marina's approval, the current owners are paying around £300 per month & she located close to the historic town of Rochester in Kent.
Viewing Highly recommended!
Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.

This Humber Barge 60ft has been personally photographed and viewed by Jamie Nash of Boatshed Medway. Click here for contact details.
The particulars herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but are not guaranteed as accurate. They shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel. The prospective purchaser is recommended to independently check the particulars. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. Personal property is excluded from the sale of the vessel unless specifically included in the listing specifications above or in a Purchase Contract. Personal property may be equipment or gear not permanently attached to the vessel including but not limited to: artwork, entertainment equipment, fishing equipment, TV receivers, recreational equipment, kayaks, tools, and personal appliances. Photos that may incidentally depict owners' personal property do not convey that such items are included in the sale of the vessel unless specifically listed herein.

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