2015 is a milestone for the historic Sailing Barge Victor as she celebrates her 120th birthday!
S.B. Victor was built in Ipswich in 1895 and is one of the last Barges built in the town still working local estuaries. Originally she carried linseed oil, grain and other bulk cargo between the Thames and other rivers and ports on the East Coast. She has a lively history, being one of the surviving “little ships” that evacuated troops from Dunkirk in 1940 and on another occasion survived a direct hit from a bomb. In the 1960’s she was a floating “Gentleman’s Night Club” on the Thames!
Today, beautifully restored and with modern amenities, she is a regular sight on the River Orwell, carrying visitors and locals alike on a variety of pleasure Cruises which can include Afternoon Cream Tea, Evening Supper, or just a peaceful couple of hours on the Orwell enjoying the scenery and wildlife in a style and pace of a by-gone era. She sails from Ipswich Waterfront, from her berth outside the Old Custom House. Tickets, and a free brochure of Victor’s public cruises and events for 2015, are available from Ipswich Tourist Information Centre. Gift Vouchers are also available, the perfect gift for family or friends.
As well as public cruises, SB Victor is available for private charter, for leisure or for corporate events, meetings, conferences, networking, team-building and product launches. Under sail she can hold up to 40 passengers, and along-side (she berths outside the Old Custom House on Ipswich Waterfront) she can welcome up to 60 guests. She has a well stocked licenced bar and a variety of catering options are available if required. She is a unique venue – whether for an hour for a meeting with coffee, a fully catered wedding, – or a few days away for a challenging team building event!
For more information visit www.sbvictor.co.uk or contact Ipswich Tourist Information Centre (01473 258070, firstname.lastname@example.org).