Magna Carta (barge)

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Magna Carta
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Name: Magna Carta
Route: River Thames
Launched: 1936
Christened: Pia
Status: In service
General characteristics
Class and type: Commercial passenger vessel
Tonnage: 225
Length: 117 ft (36 m)
Beam: 16.5 ft (5.0 m)
Decks: 2
Installed power: 230-volt 60KVA generator and inverters for silent night power
Propulsion: Scania 218 HP
Speed: Maximum 10 knots
Capacity: 8 passengers
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.[citation needed] 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.[1][2][3]


  1. ^ Steven B. Stern (2004). Stern's Guide to the Cruise Vacation 2005. Pelican Publishing Company. ISBN 978-1-58980-240-7. 
  2. ^ Kay Showker; Bob Sehlinger (2007). The Unofficial Guide to Cruises. Wiley. ISBN 978-0-470-08791-6. 
  3. ^ Shirley Slater; Harry Basch (1997). Fielding's Worldwide Cruises 1998. Fielding Worldwide. ISBN 978-1-56952-156-4. 

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