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Step aboard an historic sailing barge

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!

Victor-off-Holbrook-pictureToday, 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.

Victor not only has regular schedule of cruises to suit individuals and small parties but the sailing barge is also available for private charter for larger parties, family celebrations or business events. 

And of course the River Orwell and River Stour remain amongst the most beautiful rivers in the UK on which to experience the timeless pleasure of sailing on Victor.

On board Sailing Barge Victor they have extensive experience in events management, corporate hospitality, food service and training sectors. The sailing barge offers an high quality venue for a range of client or employee based activities. Celebrating her 120th anniversary, and fully restored in 2006, Sailing Barge Victor is a perfect marriage of a majestic and traditionally rigged 19th century sailing vessel with comfortable, modern facilities for guests.

For further information and all bookings, please contact Ipswich Tourist Information Centre, St Stephen’s Street, Ipswich on 01473 258070 or email

• Visit www.sbvictor.co.uk to download the 2015 sailing cruise schedules – Please mention Ipswich24 when booking

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