William Cole Bargeman


William Cole

William Cole Bargeman

William Cole was born in Tillingham 1868, and was a brother to Ada Cole my husband’s Great Grandmother. William married Ellen Gertrude Adams in 1894 at St Saviour Registry Office, London and had  6 children.

At the time of his marriage his occupation was Bargeman and he is shown in the 1901 census as master of a Thames barge named G.A.M.C. The barge was built in Sittingbourne in 1869, was registered in Rochester, No 58495, of 40 tons.


The 1901 census showed William and one crew member, William Smith of Norwich, Norfolk, moored at Milton Quay.


Shortly before WW1 the barge was bought by Cyril Ionides who converted it into a “home” and renamed

her “The Golden Hope”. He later wrote a book about his travels named “A Floating Home”.

It is believed that the original G.A.M.C finished it’s days in 1940 as a house boat on the Blackwater, Maldon, Essex, and to have been broken up in 1951 on The River Chelmer.

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