|Port of registry:||Vermenton|
|Route:||River Cher in the Loire Valley|
|Class and type:||Commercial passenger vessel|
|Length:||24.5 m (80 ft)|
|Beam:||4.20 m (13.8 ft)|
|Height:||3.15 m (10.3 ft)|
|Draught:||1.0 m (3.3 ft)|
|Installed power:||10kva Hawher Siddeley|
|Propulsion:||DAF 615, 120 hp|
|Speed:||Maximum 14 knots|
|Notes:||Holds 3 tons of water, 1 tons of fuel|
The Nymphea was built in 1921 to carry cargo along the canals of Europe and is a classic Dutch design with shallow draft. She presently serves as a luxury hotel barge, owned and operated by Leigh Wootton.
She originally carried barley and hops to a brewery in the north of the Netherlands from Rotterdam and returned with bottles and barrels of beer, on one round trip per week. The owner had seven children and lived in the bow cabin with his wife, and at maximum, five of them at a time.
She was first converted in 1978 to carry 20 scouts in hammocks. She was converted to a hotel barge in 1985.
The barge has traveled from the Netherlands to Bordeaux on most of the French waterways. She pioneered barging on the southern Canal du Nivernais and the River Seille. She has also been to Barcelona and Monte Carlo by sea. When moved in 1990 to the River Cher, she was transported at 82 km/h on an enormous trailer.
She presently plies the River Cher.
The barge today, a boutique hotel barge
Nymphea currently has three double cabins allowing her to carry up to six passengers. She also has separate crew quarters which house the crew of three. The crew consists of the captain and pilot, chef, and tour guide.
- Deck plan
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