These fine old ships, with their distinctive red ochre sails, evoke an era long since past. Once the East Coasts traditional cargo vessel - at the turn of the century the Thames Sailing Barge fleet numbered over 2,000 - today only a handful of traditional Barges survive.
Each barge in the Topsail fleet has been beautifully converted to provide a high quality and spacious venue for entertaining without losing its essential maritime character.
Enjoy a Topsail River Cruise at one of these locations:
Our Barges can accommodate up to 50 guests sailing, and up to 80 on the Quayside.
Our classic sailing vessels make an unusual & memorable venue for
Entertaining clients and corporate hospitality, presentations, receptions, staff socials and Christmas parties.
A themed nautical Team Building day using the barge as a floating venue for exercises.
The perfect Birthday Party Venues for private hire for Birthdays, Anniversary and Parties in Essex, Suffolk and London.
Unique and memorable Wedding Reception Venue at Maldon, Ipswich or London
We also include a number of special interest trips such as estuary Bird Watching
“The day went perfectly helped in no small way by the friendliness of the crew and the character of Thistle. To slip quietly along the River Orwell under sail was the perfect finishing touch to make a special day very special indeed” Wedding Sail, Ipswich, River Orwell.
“I would to record our appreciation to all the crew who made the evening such a success. All of our guests had a thoroughly enjoyable time and it appears that this may have to become a regular annual event !” Corporate Event, London, River Thames.
“Thank you for the lovely day sail, the ladies in the galley were amazing and so was their food. Thank you to the Captain and crew for allowing my husband to take the wheel, it made his birthday” Public Day Sail, Maldon, River Blackwater.
“I should be pleased if you could convey my heartfelt thanks to the crew, who made the day very special despite the sadness of the occasion”. Scattering of Ashes, Brightlingsea.