She carried stone from Portland to London under sail alone. She was nearly lost after a collision at Limehouse around 1909 and nearly lost again in a gale at Dungeness in 1928. That year she was sold to the London Rochester Trading Co. and converted to a motor barge (single hatch) in 1938.
She was damaged in the Docklands Blitz in 1940.
In 1967 she was converted to a charter yacht and became a regular winner of the Champion Barge. She has now been authentically re-rigged as a Thames Sailing Barge, although she has been converted below for charter and private groups. The iron hull has been extensively replated in steel.
Current owner from March 2012, Toby Lester, restoration almost complete but ongoing with this year 2016 attending as many functions as possible.
Norman J Brouwer, International Register of Historic Ships (Edition 2, 1993, pp154) pub: Anthony Nelson
D G Wood, Barges Sailing Today: Sailing Barge Information Pamplet No: 1 (1995) pub: Society for Spritsail Barge Research
Classic Boat (march, 2002) Ironsides wins second Solent barge match
IRONSIDES was built by Stanfield and Clarke, Grays, Essex in 1900 and sold to Associated Portland Cement Manufacturers. She carried stone from Portland to London under sail alone. She was nearly lost after a collision at Limehouse around 1909 and nearly lost again in a gale at Dungeness in 1
12th june 2017
Thanks to Ironsides Sailing Barge for letting me hire out the Barge as a venue for my 21st birthday. It managed to add something different to my party and my friends really enjoyed being on the boat…Charlotte D , -
Me and my family had a wonderful time on Ironsides Barge, sailing up and down the River Medway. They day was very sunny and the crew were very informative and helpful. Thanks for the experience, will have to do again soon…Tim , -