16 Wapping High St, London E1W 1NG London UK|
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This is one of those boats that you fall for straight away.
For starters the name is great. ROCK. The location is probably the most desirable south facing River Thames frontage in central London, and you would be part of a unique and vibrant co-operative of London boat owners that built, own and run their own mooring; Hermitage Community Moorings.
The ownership of this vessel includes a secure berth at Hermitage Community Mooring.
This houseboat has lots of accommodation, 7 berths, a huge wheelhouse for entertaining, a studio office with spectacular views and wood burner, a large saloon kitchen diner with high ceilings, opening roof lights and porthole views onto the River Thames, wrap around library & display shelving is a feature throughout, a large store area accessible from the saloon and more.
|Vessel type:||Coastal Barge|
|Designer:||Richard Dunston Shipbuilders of Thorne|
|Builder:||London & Rochester Company|
|No. of engines:||1|
|Engine model:||Kelvin K4|
|Drive type:||Shaft drive|
|Length over all:||28m|
Rock was designed by Richard Dunston Shipbuilders of Thorne in Yorkshire and shares many design features with Humber Keel vessels. She was built by the London & Rochester company at their Strood yard on the Medway in 1961. A distinctive feature of this smaller coastal barge fleet built by the company this period, was that the vessels were given names beginning with RO, such as Roan, Robust, Rodent, Roffen, Rohay, Rowena and Rock to signify their relationship to Rochester,
Rock was taken out of commercial service on the East Coast trading routes in 1990 and converted for charter and subsequently for residential use. Although she was undergone some external changes she still remains a rare and fully working 88 hp Kelvin K4 diesel oil engine by the Bergius Co Ltd. Glasgow.
She was initially equipped with a 66 hp Kelvin K3 engine and upgraded to a K4 during her trading life. Rock is one of a few surviving and fully operational Medway Coasters left in the UK.
Primary Propulsion: Engine
Engine: Kelvin K4
Galley: 5 Burner Stove, Electric Oven, Fridge Freezer, Dishwasher, Stainless Steel Countertop
Saloon: Open plan design with dining table
Wheel house: Large 8 seater dining table
Studio office & Library: Wood burning stove
Cabin 1: Master cabin double
Cabin 2: Twin Cabin
Cabin 3: Single cabin
Cabin 4: Bow cabin double
Bathroom: Bath, basin, wc & washing machine
Ensuite: Basin & wc
Note: Indicated location is approximate general area only.