An evening river cruise, aboard the Sailing Barge Victor, is set to be one of the high-lights of the forthcoming Maritime festival taking place in Ipswich over the weekend of 15th – 17th August.
The Sunset Cruise will coincide with the festival’s climax – a spectacular firework display lighting up the town’s marinas. Victor will sail from her berth outside the Old Custom House at 6.15pm for a relaxing cruise on the River Orwell, voted as one of the most beautiful rivers in England. She will return to the Waterfront in time for passengers to enjoy the best view of the fireworks from her decks.
The 3 hour cruise costs just £25.00 per person. Passengers may bring their own picnic on board for the evening. Drinks may be purchased from Victor’s well stocked licensed bar. Places are limited on the cruise and tickets must be purchased in advance from Ipswich Tourist Information Centre, St Stephen’s Church (01473 258070, firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Sailing Barge Victor is herself an important part of Ipswich’s Maritime heritage and is on the national register of historic vessels. Built in Ipswich in 1895 she carried linseed oil and other bulk cargoes between the ports on the East Coast for many decades. She took part in the Dunkirk troop evacuations during World War 2 and survived a bomb blast. In the 1960’s she was a floating night-club on the Thames. Now, completely refurbished, she is a well known sight on the Orwell and Stour Rivers taking visitors and locals on pleasure cruises.