Magna Carta (barge)
|Class & type:||Commercial passenger vessel|
|Length:||117 ft (36 m)|
|Beam:||16.5 ft (5.0 m)|
|Installed power:||230-volt 60KVA generator and inverters for silent night power|
|Propulsion:||Scania 218 HP|
|Speed:||Maximum 10 knots|
|Crew:||Captain and 4 crew|
|Notes:||Holds 10 tons of water and 3 tons of fuel|
Magna Carta was built in the Netherlands in 1936. She was converted from a sand carrying cargo vessel to a hotel barge by Dominic Read in 2001-2002 after 65 years of carrying cargo for the same family. She was sold to be replaced with a much larger vessel as she was no longer large enough to compete in the cargo carrying industry. The barge conversion was designed and the conversion managed by Dominic Read. The barge is owned by TempleRead cruises, a partnership of Dominic Read, Geoffrey Temple and Cecile Temple.
She presently serves as a luxury hotel barge, cruising the River Thames.
Magna Carta currently has 4 double cabins allowing her to carry up to 8 passengers. She also has separate crew quarters which house the crew of four. Deck plan The crew consists of the captain, two hostesses, chef, and tour guide.
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