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NB "Hyperion" BW 78995 - Historic Narrowboats

Narrowboat Hyperion 78995

Boat Type: Little Woolwich
Fleet Number: 53
Original Company: GUCCCo
Registration: Registered at Brentford, number 514

Hyperion (53) is registered with British Waterways with number 78995 as a powered craft (20BHP) with a metal hull by Harland and Wolff - Launch date not known.

Length 71 feet 6 inches (21.8m); Beam 7 feet (2.14m); Draft 2 feet 5 inches (0.74m).

We saw Narrowboat Hyperion paired with butty Ethel on 14 November 2009 at Norbury Junction on the Shropshire Union Canal and she was in good order, painted in Dray and Company (Norbury Junction) livery.

Thanks to Alan Barton - The following:

During the war Hyperion was used as a training boat, after the war she was sold to S. E. Barlow Coal Carriers and re-registered at Tamworth number 201 then passed into Samuel Barlow Coal Co Ltd fleet as numbers 58 and 38 in 1959.

In the early 1960s’ Michael John (Jack) Taylor purchased the ex-GUCCCo. little Woolwich narrowboat ‘Hyperion’, using this boat he operated the business ‘Waterdale Canal Services’ transporting goods around the canals, as canal trade declined the business ceased to operate and Jack with the help of his brother-in-law Frank Johnson of Thelwall used the boat as a trip boat operating from a base on the Bridgewater canal opposite the ‘Walton Arms’ public house, running trips up and down the canal, this business ceased to operate and ‘Hyperion’ was then sold on.

In the mid 1960s and was paired with the Middle Northwich
butty Triagulum. For a number of years she was owned by D. Ray and based at Norbury Junction on the Shroppie used regularly for loading and towing jobs.

In March 2010, Hyperion was sold and is now based in Birmingham.


Jack Taylor having a chat with Hyperion's ‘skipper’ and his wife.
Waterdale Canal Services' Hyperion operating as a trip boat on the Bridgewater canal at Walton, near Warrington.

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A Winter Journey by D. L. Turner - A Journey He Took On NB Hyperion