Moored in backwater by Denton Island

By Tom Baker

This picture is of a rusting eye sore boat in Newhaven. It has been there for god knows how many years. It is next to the one way system and its on the river Ouse, next to Denton Island. I have been told that this is a listed boat.

Photo:Rusting Boat on the River Ouse

Rusting Boat on the River Ouse

Newhaven Strategic Network

This page was added by Tom Baker on 19/06/2007.
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'Tis rumoured that in the late 60's early 70's when the Barge first appeared at this mooring, TV personality Richard Stilgoe lived on it. Can anyone confirm that?

By Richard
On 27/02/2008

Richard Stilgo was on his way from Wales to London when the barge broke down off Newhaven. It was towed in & that is where it's been ever since (early 70's). He converted it & lived on it with his girlfriend, who at the time sang at Glyndebourne. I sold him a painted orange piano. Could it still be aboard...?

By brian urry
On 10/03/2008

I remember Richard Stilgo on the boat. I worked at the old Ferguson Factory on Denton Island from 1963 to 1988 and use to see him on deck occasionally during the late 60's or early 70's. Surely it's not still there is it ?

By Paul Blackman
On 02/12/2008

I can remember back in the early 1970's various other hulks / houseboats at this berth which seemed to attract Hippies and as a result being regularly raided by the police. I wonder whether the occupants of these craft paid mooring fees or Local Council Tax in order to grace the River Ouse at this prime Newhaven location?

Does anyone know the answer to this question?

By Chris Young
On 04/01/2009

That was not the boat the Richard Stilgoe used to live on. There were two boats there in the 70s, the Roda-B and the Paragon-M. I used to live on a boat just round the corner called Bold Pioneer. This boat is the Roda-B, Richard Stilgoe used to live on the Paragon-M that was moored ajacent to this boat. I know the guy's name who owns this boat, and has done since the late sixties when he brought it down from Kingston on Thames.

By Paul Gadsdon
On 23/07/2010

Hi, does anyone know if the boat is for sale as it looks like it could brush up quite well, and it would be a shame for the hull to rust through and sink on its moorings.

By Daniel Pascale
On 11/10/2010

I think Newhaven has more pressing and important issues to worry about than one rusty houseboat!

By David
On 17/12/2010

So who does own it? The poor old boat is now very neglected.

By David Turner
On 07/02/2014

Its still there to this day, however its just a brown shell now. I would have thought something would have been done about it by now.

By Daniel
On 27/09/2021

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