emily barret


The small two-masted schooner Emily Barratt was ordered by the Hodbarrow Mining Company in 1910 from the Duddon Shipbuilding Company, and she was launched on Easter Monday 1913. It is believed that she was the last merchant schooner to be built in England. She was employed to carry iron ore for her owners, the Duddon Shipping Association. She was sold in 1922 to Welsh owners, and during WW2 she was employed as an anchorage for a barrage balloon. Then in 1960 she was converted to a yacht and spent some time on display in St Katherine's Dock, London. In 1988 she was purchased by the Furness Maritime Trust, towed to Barrow and lifted out to begin an extensive refit. The cost proved to be too much for the Trust, and in November 1999 staff from the Merseyside Maritime Museum undertook to faithfully record the remaining hull before she was finally broken up on site. Key elements such as her figurehead and a sample of her timbers and fastenings have been saved by the museum. The artefacts and Merseyside Maritime Museum drawings will eventually be displayed at the Dock Museum, Barrow-in-Furness.

Name Year Built Gross Tons Length (feet) Breadth (feet) Depth (feet) Masts Figurehead Stern Lloyd's Classn.
 Emily Barratt 1913  71.4 76.8  20.0  8.3       

Sources :

  1. Trevor Morgan, "The Cumberland Connection: Hugh Jones, Shipbuilder, Millom" Maritime Wales (1983) pp69-95.