Extract from the Evening Star & Daily Herald for Ipswich, 1906
Barge Launched at Harwich
An interesting ceremony was witnessed in the shipbuilding yard of Mr W McLearon, at Harwich today (Tuesday 6 February 1906) when a new barge, which has been built in the yard, was launched in the presence of a large number of people. The barge, which was christened the Thalatta is owned by Mr Frederick William Horlock, the well known boat owner of Mistley. She is a fine business like looking craft, being 89 feet long, beam 20ft 6 inches, depth 7 feet 6 inches, and her tonnage is 150. She will be used for the coasting and continental trade. The barge was decorated with flags and the christening ceremony was performed by Mr Horlock’s little daughter, Coralie Clare, who broke a bottle of champagne over the bows, after which the vessel glided beautifully into the water, amid three hearty cheers, the launch being a highly successful one. The Thalatta immediately proceeded to Mistley to load a cargo of wheat for London, and will afterwards proceed to the continent.