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Barbary T


A 1910 CONVERTED  STEAM PICKET BOAT , number fifty-two, professionally converted in a comfortable liveaboard style.


Boat Details

Overall Length: 52ft
Waterline: 49ft 6ins
Beam: 11ft
Draught: 4ft 6ins
Displacement: 22 Tons TM
Engine: 72hp BMC Diesel
Berths: 4
Sail: Steading Rig
Designer: Admiralty
Builder: Gill & Sons, Chatham
Year Built: 1910
Location: West Somerset


Barbary T is a rare survivor of the pre First World War Steam Picket Boats designed by J Samuel White of East Cowes for the Admiralty at the end of the 19th century.  The Admiralty commissioned a number of well know boatyards to build naval craft and in all probability Barbary T is one of a batch of Steam Picket Boats built by Gill & Sons of Chatham, Kent in 1910.  Assigned as number fifty-two ties up with records held by The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.  No doubt further research would reveal the ship she was consigned to and her naval history.

Following de-commission Barbary T was converted to a cargo vessel, principally carrying coal and fish bait in the Severn Estuary.  In the 1970’s she was bought by a Worcestershire boatyard and converted to a comfortable liveaboard / cruising motor-yacht with a ketch steadying rig.  Since then Barbary T has had three owners.  The current owner of fifteen years has lived aboard and cruised the North Devon, Welsh and Cornish coasts but is now looking to downsize.

Barbary T is of standard Admiralty construction being of double diagonal teak, with oiled calico between the two skins, all copper fastened to steam bent oak timbers.  She retains her original riveted steel bulkheads and steel plate deckhead which have been glass-fibre sheathed.  The main decks are sheathed marine-ply as is the superstructure for ease of maintainance with a varnished Iroko constructed wheelhouse.

Below decks the character accommodation has been laid-out with a liveaboard feel and with lots of storage but could quite easily be adapted to provide additional cabins / berths if required.

Original anchor chain locker.

Saloon, with glass fronted cupboards, central table, settee berths to port & starboard.

Central Galley, four burner gas cooker with oven and grill, gas fired hot water heater (recently replaced) stainless steel sink, built-in pantry and crockery cupboards. Open hatchway to the saloon area.

Stateroom, Double bed, cupboards, desk and shelves. Seating.

Heads Compartment, sea toilet, stainless-steel wash basin and shower with tray.

Lobby, three hanging cupboards, and one shelved cupboard.

Wheelhouse, central spoked wheel, helmsmans chair, signal flag locker, cupboards and shelves, two VHF radios, GPS, chart drawers, access to engine room.

Large Bosuns Locker, with scope for conversion to further accommodation if required.

Dedicated Engine Room, housing the recently installed 6 cylinder BMC diesel engine with about 100 hours only.

Annually serviced.  180 gallon fuel capacity, 130 gallons fresh water capacity.  12 and 240 volt shore power all replaced in 2007.

On deck, capstan and anchor winch, stout sea legs, two anchors, warps and new fenders.


Barbary T has been know to Classic Yacht Brokerage for over thirty years and during that time she has always been a well maintained and much admired motor-yacht.  Over the years the early Steam Picket Boats have become extremely rare and Barbary T is one of only a handful of survivors from that period of naval history.  However she is a capable and attractive vessel ideal for UK coastal cruising, liveaboard, enjoying the French Canals or European Waterways.

Guide: £39,950
Lying: Afloat West Somerset
Viewing: By appointment with the brokers tel: 01905-356482