Nymphea barge

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Nymphea barge Review and Specifications

Specifications of Nymphea barge

Year built 1921
Speed 14 kn / 26 kph / 16 mph
Length (LOA) 24.5 m / 80 ft
Beam (width) 4.2 m / 14 ft
Gross Tonnage 80 gt
Passengers 3 - 6
Crew 3
Decks 2
Cabins 3
Decks with cabins 1

Review of Nymphea barge

The Nymphea barge was built in 1921. She has a classic Dutch design featuring shallow draft. Originally, the barge ship carried cargo along the canals of Europe, but presently serves as a luxury hotel barge on River Cher in central France.

Initially, the barge carried hops and barley to a brewery in the north of Holland from Rotterdam. She returned with barrels and bottles of beer, on a single round trip per week. The former owner had 7 kids and lived with his wife in the bow cabin, and at maximum, five of the family at a time.

In 1978, the cargo barge was converted to carry 20 scouts in hammocks. In 1985, she was converted into a luxury hotel barge. Nymphea has traveled to Bordeaux from Holland on most of the French waterways and pioneered barging on River Seille and the southern Canal du Nivernais. She has also been to Monte Carlo and Barcelona by sea. When moved in 1990 to Cher River, Nymphea was transported on a large trailer at 82 kph.

An interesting fact is that part of Rick Stein's French Odyssey for BBC was filmed onboard the Nymphea barge in 2005.

Currently, the Nymphea ship has 3 double cabins that allow her to carry up to 6 passengers. She also offers separate crew quarters housing the crew of 3: the Captain and pilot, tour guide and chef.

Nymphea barge

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