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NB "Acacia" BW 51221 - Historic Narrowboats

Narrowboat Acacia 51221

Acacia seen above (right) moored abreast with Working NB Dory BW 53967

Acacia is registered with British Waterways with number 51221 as a powered craft (47BHP) with a metal hull by Yarwood and Sons - date not known.

Length 70 feet 1 inch (21.35m); Beam 6 feet 10 inches (2.09m); Draft 2 feet 9 inches (0.84m).

We saw Narrowboat Acacia on 24 November 2009 above Beaston Lock on the Shropshire Union Canal and she was in good order.

If you have any more information about this boat, please let us know HERE






NB "Actis" BW 69054 - Historic Narrowboats

Narrowboat 'Butty' Actis 69054

Actis is registered with British Waterways with number 69054 as an unpowered craft with a composite hull built by Harland and Wolff - date not known.

Length 71 feet 7 inches (21.82m); Beam 7 feet (2.13m); Draft 2 feet 2 inches (0.66m).

We saw Narrowboat Actis on 2 September 2010 on the Kennet and Avon Canal and she was in good order.

Actis is a 1935 Star Class Small Woolwich she is still composite and has been worked on in the last 4 years (by Rex Wain) having some bottom planks replaced, re-caulked, and a long section of the kelson replaced. She still has a traditional back cabin with a full length conversion under cloths. A massive galley with space to seat up to 12 , she traded on the K+A as a coffee boat for 2 years 2009/11.

Kevin Howard informed us on 23/10/13 - "The boat Actis has been bought by a friend of mine and moved to Devizes where he intends to fit an engine and do her up to live on her." (we look forward to seeing her on our next cruise down the K&A)

If you have any more information about this boat, please let us know HERE


NB "Alcor" BW 70078 - Historic Narrowboats

Narrowboat Alcor 70078

Alcor is registered with British Waterways with number 70078 as a powered craft (18BHP) with a composite hull by Harland and Wolff - date not known.

Length 71 feet 6 inches (21.79m); Beam 7 feet (2.13m); Draft 3 feet 2 inches (0.96m).

We saw Narrowboat Alcor on 6 February 2010 close to Great Heywood on the Trent and Mersey Canal and she was in good order.

If you have any more information about this boat, please let us know HERE



NB "Aquarius" BW 60088 - Historic Narrowboats

Narrowboat Aquarius 60088

Aquarius is registered with British Waterways with number 60088 as a powered craft (44BHP) with a metal hull by Harland and Wolff date not known. Length 70 feet (21.33m); Beam 7 feet (2.13m); Draft 36 inches (0.91m).

We saw Narrowboat Aquarius on 23 February 2011 at Wombourne on the Staffs and Worcs. Canal and she was in good order.

If you have any more information about this boat, please let us know HERE



NB "Aquila" BW 69064 - Historic Narrowboats

Narrowboat Aquila 69064

Aquila is registered with British Waterways with number 69064 as a powered craft (18BHP) with a metal hull by Harland and Wolff - date not known.

Length 70 feet 4 inches (21.45m); Beam 7 feet ( 2.14m); Draft 2 feet 11 inches (0.89m).



We saw a Narrowboat Aquila on 30 September 2010, we believe her to be the registered vessel, below Stockton Locks on the Grand Union Canal and she was in good order.

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NB "Argo" BW 79679 - Historic Narrowboats

Narrowboat 'Butty' Argo 79679

Argo is registered with British Waterways with number 79679 as an unpowered craft by an unknown builder - date not known.

Length 71 feet 6 inches (21.79m); Beam 7 feet (2.13m); Draft 3 feet 11 inches (1.2m).

We saw Narrowboat Argo on 22 June 2006 and she was in good order.

If you have any more information about this boat, please let us know HERE


NB "Ariel" BW 48640 - Historic Narrowboats

Narrowboat Ariel 48640

Ariel is registered with British Waterways with number 48640 as a powered craft (22BHP) with a metal hull by Yarwoods at Stockton Dry Dock - date not known.

Length 50 feet (15.25m); Beam 6 feet 10 inches (2.09m); Draft U/K.

48640 Ariel is working under the company name of Longford Canal Services, and retails coal and diesel in the Bridgewater area

If you have any more information about this boat, please let us know HERE



NB "Baildon" BW 64074 - Historic Narrowboats

Narrowboat Baildon 64074

NB "Baildon" BW 64074 - Historic Narrowboats
Baildon is registered with British Waterways with number 64074 as a powered craft (?BHP) with a metal hull by Harland and Wolff - date not known.

Length 58 feet 6 inches (17.82m); Beam 7 feet (2.13m); Draft 3 feet 3 inches (1.00m).

We saw Narrowboat Baildon on - November 2010 at Wardle on the Shropshire Union Canal and she was in good order.

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NB "Banstead" BW 507350 - Historic Narrowboats

Narrowboat Banstead 507350

23 April 2010 - NB "Banstead" BW 507350 - Historic Narrowboats
Banstead is registered with British Waterways with number 507350 as a powered craft (??BHP) with a metal hull by Harland and Wolff - date not known.

1st August 2006  - NB "Banstead" BW 507350 - Historic Narrowboats

Length 71 feet 6 inches (21.79m); Beam 7 feet (2.13m); Draft 1 foot? - inches 0.3m).

We saw Narrowboat Banstead on 1st August 2006 and again on 23 April 2010 this time close to Hemel Hempstead on the Grand Union Canal, she was in good order, painted in BWB colours.

If you have any more information about this boat, please let us know HERE



NB "Barnet" BW 502361 - Historic Narrowboats

Narrowboat Barnet 502361

Barnet is registered with British Waterways with number 502361 as a powered craft (??BHP) with a metal hull by an unknown builder - date not known.

We saw Narrowboat Barnet in 2010 at Gailey Top Lock on the Staffs and Worcs Canal and she was in good order.

If you have any more information about this boat, please let us know HERE



NB "Battersea" BW 49292 - Historic Narrowboats

Narrowboat Battersea 49292

NB "Battersea" BW 49292 - Historic Narrowboat
NB "Battersea" BW 49292 - Historic NarrowboatBattersea is a "Big Woolwich" first registered at Brentford, number 592 and now with British Waterways number 49292; as a powered craft (24BHP) with a metal hull, built in 1936 by Harland and Wolf with the fleet number 112.

Length 71ft 6in (21.8); Beam 7 feet (2.14m); Draft 2 feet 9 inches (0.84m).

Originally G.U.C.C. Co. Ltd. believed paired with butty 230, Bayswater.

During WWII she was used by Ely and Kit Gayford as a training vessel to train the women of the 'IW Ladies' who took over from the men on ‘the cut’ and paired with 382 Uttoxeter at times.

Paired with butty Ewell in 1950. Re-sold by BWB in 1967.

We personally saw Narrowboat Battersea on 14 November 2009 at The Anchor PH, High Offley on the Shropshire Union Canal and she was in good order.

NB "Battersea" BW 49292 - Historic Narrowboat

NB "Battersea" BW 49292 - Historic NarrowboatLooking great in her G.U.C.C. Co. Ltd. livery.

Battersea has been re-bottomed and fully fitted out inside under the cloths.

Thanks to Colin Walker, who owned NB Battersea from 1975 – 1979, we have been able to add some details to our original text.

Colin Walker bought her in working trim and Battersea carried coal both for sale from the boat and the odd direct delivery to David Blaygrove at Stoke Bruerne. Battersea was powered by a Petter PD2 at that time.

Battersea was the first loaded boat (with 17 tons) to go up the re-opened Erewash Canal and it is believed she was the first loaded boat to make it to Froghall on the Caldon Canal when re-opened.

Early in the summer of 1976 the midlands canals were drying up and Battersea was taken her down onto the Thames where she could, at least, move. Over the winter of 1976/7 there was a little conversion and fitted her up with 48 seats to carry passengers. This was aimed mainly at disabled organisations. Battersea was sold as a going concern, based at Radcot on the upper Thames to one Nicholas Elwis.

The two pictures below were taken by Graham Smith circa 1976 at Radcott on the Thames when he was with a work colleague from Roneo Vickers who had a boat moored near by.

by Graham Smith circa 1976 at Radcott on the Thames
by Graham Smith circa 1976 at Radcott on the Thames
Battersea was paired with butty 203 Actis in 2004 for shows.


Information in Battersea's file provided by Pete Harrison

27/01/1936 - Order placed with Harland and Wolf, Woolwich for 24 steel pairs

02/10/1936 - delivered to G.U.C.C. Co Ltd with Butty Bayswater.
Battersea allocated fleet number 112
Engine: National 2DM, Bruntons gearbox with 2:1 reduction gear.


28/10/1936 - health registered at Brentford, allocated number 592.

30/11/1936 - gauged by Grand Union Canal Co, allocated number 12642.

14/09/1944 - on fleet list paired with UTTOXETER, steerer Miss Gayford. (see book "Amateur Boatwoman").

01/01/1948 - nationalised into British Transport Commission (Docks & Inland Waterways Executive) fleet.

08/06/1948 - on fleet list paired with NUNHEAD, steerer Lawrence Grantham.

04/1949 - docked.

Late 1951 - in general service.
23/09/1952 - in general service.
18/02/1953 - in general service.


06/05/1954 - in general service and to be retained in 120 pair fleet.

13/12/1954 - in general service.
22/04/1958 - in general service.


12/05/1958 - on fleet list paired with NUNHEAD, steerer A Meredith.

26/01/1959 - on fleet list paired with VIRGINIS, steerer A Meredith.
1960 - docked (around this time fitted with a Petters PD2 diesel engine).


15/02/1960 - on fleet list paired with TIVERTON, steerer A Meredith.

1961 - to be retained in carrying fleet.

1963 – hired to Willow Wren Canal Transport Services Ltd, then hired to boatmen.

Late 1967 - re-possessed by British Waterways Board due to non payment of hire fee.

1968 - sold to Clive Stevens, Tipton and paired with BARNES. Carried coal to Croxley until the mid seventies.

1975 - sold to C & P Walker.

1979 - sold to C W Groves and operated as a 48 seat trip boat based at Radcott (traded as Thames Cruisers).

1981 - sold to Mr Worsley and operated as a 48 seat trip boat based at Radcott (traded as Thames Cruisers).

1992 - fitted with a Ford Iveco four cylinder diesel engine.

1993 - de-commissioned as a trip boat and hold converted under cloths into a houseboat by Mr Worsley.

1996 – Re bottomed and re footed by Roger Farringdon

1997 - sold to Derek Kent.

2000 - fitted with a Lister HB2 diesel engine.

24/03/2003 - sold to Margaret Wilson and Mr John Hobby, and paired with ACTIS to rallies

06/08/2007 - sold to Louise Bush.

09/09/2011 - sold to Bob & Ellen Tidy

14/09/2011 - Docked Norbury Wharf.

07/08/2012 - Docked by Graeme Pearce of Stockton Dry Dock, fitted rebuilt National DM2, Bruntons gearbox with 2:1 reduction gear and 27"x17" propeller.



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NB "Bellarix" BW 54638 - Historic Narrowboats

Narrowboat Bellarix 54638

Bellarix is registered with British Waterways with number 54638 as a powered craft (18BHP) with what looks like a metal hull by Yarwoods and Sons for GUCCC - October 1935.

Length 71 feet (21.64m); Beam 7 feet (2.13m); Draft 36 inches (0.91m).

Was paired with butty Lynx?

Owned by Wulfruna Coal Co, Wolverhampton, c 1939/40, and gauged for BCN by them.

We saw Narrowboat Bellarix on 24 February 2011 above Greenforge Lock on the Staffs and Worcs. Canal and she was in good order.

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NB "Bittell (No5)" BW 52495 - Historic Narrowboats

Narrowboat Bittell (No5) BW 52495

Bittall No5 seen here towing a hull (BW 502447 Flying Scotsman) on the BCN at Pudding Lane Junction in mid-April 2011.

NB Bittell was in the distinctive livery of Stewarts & Lloyds Ltd a steel tube manufacturer with its headquarters based at Corby, Northamptonshire, England. The company was created in 1903 by the amalgamation of two of the largest iron and steel makers in Britain, A. & J. Stewart & Menzies Ltd, Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, Scotland and Lloyd & Lloyd Ltd, Birmingham, England.

Bittell (No5) is registered with British Waterways with number 52495 as a powered craft (ukBHP) with a metal hull by Built by Yarwood & Sons - date not known.

Length 40 feet (12.19m); Beam 7 feet (2.13m); Draft 2 feet 5 inches (0.73m).

If you have any more information about this boat, please let us know [email protected]



NB "Bordesley" BW 72214 - Historic Narrowboats

Narrowboat Bordesley

Bordesley is an unpowered butty registered with British Waterways with number 72214 as a unpowered craft  with a metal hull by Harland and Wolff - date not known.


Length 70 feet 1 inch (21.35m);
Beam 7 feet (2.14m);
Draft not known.



We saw Narrowboat Bordesley in April 2010  on the Grand Union Canal and she was in good order.

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NB "Bream" BW 53621 - Historic Narrowboats

Narrowboat Bream 53621

NB "Bream" BW 53621 - Historic Narrowboats
NB "Bream" BW 53621 - Historic NarrowboatsBream is registered with British Waterways with number 53621 as a powered craft (22BHP) with a metal hull by Yarwood and Sons for Fellows Morton and Clay.

Once shortened to 55' then rebuilt to 70' by Keith Ball with full length cabin. Lister HA2. (Rear section still exists with BCN day boat front end, based southern GU. Armstrong AS2 fitted).

Length 70ft (21.5m); Beam 7ft (2.14m); Draft 2ft 6in (0.77m).

We saw Narrowboat Bream on 15 November 2009 at Gnosall on the Shropshire Union Canal and she was in very good order.

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NB "Cetus" BW 503736 - Historic Narrowboats

Narrowboat Cetus 503736

NB "Cetus" BW 503736 - Historic Narrowboat
Cetus is registered with British Waterways with number 503736 as a powered craft (29BHP) with a metal hull by an unknown builder - date not known.

Length 60 feet (18.3m); Beam 7 feet (2.14m); Draft 2 feet 6 inches (0.77m).

We saw Narrowboat Cetus on 9 November 2009 at Autherley Junction on the Shropshire Union Canal and she was in good order.

NB "Cetus" BW 503736 - Historic Narrowboat
We saw her again on the 18th February 2011 at Brewood on the SUC.

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NB "Dadford" BW 70428 - Historic Narrowboats

Narrowboat Dadford 70428

NB "Dadford" BW 70428 - Historic Narrowboats
Dadford is registered with British Waterways with number 70428 as a powered craft (?BHP) with a metal hull by an unknown builder - date not known.

Length 45 feet (13.71m); Beam 6 feet 9 inches (2.07m); Draft - 2 feet 3 inches (0.68m).

We saw Narrowboat Dadford on 24 February 2011 at Stourbridge on the Stourbridge Canal and she was in fair order.

NB "Dadford" BW 70428 - Historic Narrowboats
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NB "Dorset" BW 66296 - Historic Narrowboats

Narrowboat Dorset 66296

We lost our pictures somewhere!
Dorset is registered with British Waterways with number 66296 as a powered craft (??BHP) with a wooden hull by Anderton - date not known.

Length 70 feet (21.34m); Beam 7 feet (2.14m); Draft 3 feet (0.92m).

We saw Narrowboat Dorset on 25 November 2009 near Crows Nest on the Shropshire Union Canal and she was in surprisingly good order.

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NB "Dory" BW 53967 - Historic Narrowboats

Narrowboat Dory 53967

Dory is registered with British Waterways with number 53967 as a powered craft (18BHP) with a metal hull by W J Yarwoods - date not known. Dory is obviously a working narrowboat.

Length 70 feet 1inch 21.35m); Beam 7 feet (2.14m); Draft 3 feet (0.92m).

We saw Narrowboat Dory on 25 November 2009 and again in January 2011 above Beeston Lock on the Shropshire Union Canal and she was in good order.

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NB "Elk" - Historic Narrowboats

Narrowboat Elk

Elk is registered with British Waterways

Historic narrowboat 'Elk' in the livery of Fellows, Morton & Clayton an original motorised boat built by Yarwoods in March 1926 with an iron hull.

Worked on the BCN from new with FM&C and later out of Northwich with BWB. Sold by BWB in 1970s and now registered as a pleasure craft.

Now converted with a wooden top to liveaboard and continuously cruising.

We saw Narrowboat Elk on - 9th October 2012 at Gailey on Staffs and Worcs Canal and she was in fair order.

If you have any more information about this boat, please let us know [email protected]



NB "Empress (No.168)" BW 70411 - Historic Narrowboat

Narrowboat Empress (No.168) 70411

NB "Empress (No.168)" BW 70411 - Historic Narrowboat
NB "Empress (No.168)" BW 70411 - Historic Narrowboat

NB "Empress (No.168)" BW 70411 - Historic NarrowboatEmpress (No.168) is registered with British Waterways with number 70411 as a powered craft with a steel hull by an unknown builder - date not known.

Built by F M C - Length 21.33 metres (70 feet ) - Beam 2.13 metres (7 feet ) - Draft 0.01 metres ( ) Metal hull, power of 18. Registered with British Waterways number 70411 as a Powered. Last registration recorded on 11-Apr-2010.

We saw Narrowboat Empress (No.168) at Norbury Junction on the Shropshire Union Canal in February 2011 moored on the old BW wharf and she appeared to be in very good order.

Update:

She was at Lime Kiln Basin, Stone, Trent and Mersey in December 2013.

It looks as though she has had another rest very recently as she is pristine.

'Empress 168' was built for the premier C19th canal transport company Fellows, Morton & Clayton at Saltley Dock and launched in May 1898. It was built as a composite hull (steel sides/elm bottom) powered by an FMC Haines steam engine and was originally named 'Emperor'. In April 1917 'Emperor' was converted to diesel power and fitted with a Bollinder 15hp single cylinder engine. Prior to sale to Thomas Clayton in April 1948 on the acquisition of FMC by the BTC the BM15 engine was replaced (type unknown).

On 16th July 1952 she was sold to E.Thomas of Walsall, regauged as BCN2353 and at the same time the engine was replaced again, this time with a Fordson E27N TVO tractor engine. 'Emperor' also underwent a sex change, being renamed 'Empress 2'

In April 1967 'Empress 2' was sold to David Thexton and was kept on the Trent and Mersey at Stone, Staffordshire. David Thexton replanked part of the bottom in 1968 at Norton Caines and at some time in the 1980's replaced the engine with a Thorneycroft marine diesel. In May 1995 he sold her as plain 'Empress' to Simon & Lisa Jenkins who in 1999 replaced the engine with an Armstrong Siddeley 2 cyl diesel and Parsons gearbox and replaced the wood bottom with steel plates. She was then sold in October 2004 to current owner Jim Taylor and registered with her the number BW70411.

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NB Butty "Ethel" BW 501627 - Historic Narrowboats

Narrowboat Butty 'Ethel' #501627

NB Butty "Ethel" BW 501627 - Historic Narrowboat with motor 'Hyperion'

NB Butty "Ethel" BW 501627 - Historic Narrowboat with motor 'Hyperion'Ethel is registered with British Waterways with number 501627 as a an unpowered craft with a metal hull by an unknown builder - date not known.


Length 70 feet 1 inch (21.35); Beam 7 feet (2.14m); Draft ?feet (?m).

NB Butty "Ethel" BW 501627 - Historic Narrowboat with motor 'Hyperion'We saw Narrowboat Ethel on 14 November 2009 at Norbury Junction on the Shropshire Union Canal with motor narrowboat Hyperion. She was in good order in the livery of W.H.Cowburn & Cowpar Ltd. Manchester.

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NB "Euphemia" BW 517401 - Historic Narrowboats

Narrowboat Euphemia 517401


Euphemia is registered with British Waterways with number 517401 as a powered craft (43BHP) with a metal hull by Henley Metal Products - date not known.

Length 58 feet 6 inches (17.83m); Beam 6 feet 10 inches (2.08m); Draft ? feet ? inches (?m).

We saw Narrowboat Euphemia on 18 February 2011 at Wheaton Aston on the Shropshire Union Canal and she was in good order.

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NB "Hampstead" BW 509784 - Historic Narrowboats

Narrowboat Hampstead 509784

Hampstead is registered with British Waterways with number 509784 as a powered craft (22BHP) with a metal hull by Harland and Wolffe - date not known.

Length 71 feet 6 inches (21.79m); Beam 7 feet (2.13m); Draft 3 feet (0.914m).

We saw Narrowboat Hampstead on 18 February 2011 at Stretton Wharf on the Shropshire Union Canal and she was being worked on in the boatyard.

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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



NB "Ian" BW 60562 - Historic Narrowboats

Narrowboat Ian 60562

NB "Ian" BW 60562 and butty Lucy - Historic Narrowboats
Above is scan from a 35mm Kodachrome transparency of nb Ian with butty Lucy carrying coal taken by Raymond Hearn around 1967 - 1.5 miles (measured on on the canal) south of the 3 locks at Linslade (Chelmscote).

Ian is registered with British Waterways with number 60562 as a powered craft with a wooden hull built by Nurser Brothers in January 1948.

70' working boat with rebuilt Lister JP2

Boatmans cabin with Epping range.

Last wooden working boat built at Braunstone in 1948, latterly largely rebuilt with new bottom and side planks.Undercloth conversion (timber and regentex cloths) with five bunks,shower,galley,Rayburn etc. Immaculately re-painted back cabin by Ron Hough in Samuel Barlow colours.

Length 70 feet (21.33m); Beam 7 feet (2.13m); Draft 3 feet 3 inches (1.00m).

Ian (motor) - built January 1948 originally paired with butty Iona built in April 1944, later paired with butty Lucy.

We haven't yet seen Narrowboat Ian although we do know she is still around somewhere according to the BW register!

We were told she is based at the Warwickshire Fly co. boatyard.

If you have any more information about nb Ian, please let us know [email protected]



NB "James Loader" BW 67459 - Historic Narrowboat Tug

James Loader in the livery of Leonard Leigh Limited - Tug with BW Number 67459 - Seen here on the Oxford Canal in early October 2010

Narrowboat James Loader BW 67459 NB Butty Betelgeuse BW 52374

Narrowboat James Loader BW 67459 NB Butty Betelgeuse BW 52374Previously a BCN Tug, built in 1946 by J Worsey of Walsall as a 40ft (12.19mtr) tug Length with a beam of 6ft 8in (2.04mtr) and draft of 3ft (0.91mtr)

Originally constructed in wood of oak on elm. NB James Loader was Leonard Leigh's Tug No 8, currently in private ownership. The latest engine is believed to be a 28hp Gardner 2LW. The boat has been much restored.


Narrowboat James Loader BW 67459 NB Butty Betelgeuse BW 52374James Loader is a nice clean looking historic narrowboat, whose owners obviously care!

Seen here towing NB Butty Betelgeuse in the livery of Phobox Limited, Braunston with which she is currently paired. Betelgeuse has BW Number 52374.



NB "Kew" BW 60664 - Historic Narrowboats

Narrowboat Kew 60664

Kew is registered with British Waterways with number 60664 as a powered craft (??BHP) with a metal hull by Jones and Jones builder - date not known.

Length 71 feet 6 inches (21.8m); Beam 7 feet (2.14m); Draft Unknown.

We saw Narrowboat Kew in April 2010 on the Birmingham - Fazeley Canal and she was in working order.

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NB "Lincoln" BW 48610 - Historic Narrowboats

Narrowboat Lincoln 48610

We saw Lincoln on the Grand Union Canal Northampton Arm in June 2011. She appeared to be in reasonable order.

Lincoln is now powered but as an ex-LMS boat, she was one of the the 'dirty dozen' converted to long-distance cabined butties by BWB at Stone in the mid to late 1950s. Now obviously a full liveaboard.

Lincoln is registered with British Waterways with number 48610 as a powered craft with a hull by an unknown builder - date not known.

Length 65 feet (19.81m); Beam 6 feet (1.82m).

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NB "Lion" BW 62856 - Historic Narrowboats

Narrowboat Lion 62856


Lion is registered with British Waterways with number 62856 as a powered craft (?BHP) with a metal hull by Yarwood and sons - date not known.

Length 70 feet (21.33m); Beam 6 feet 10 inches (2.09m); Draft 2 feet 9 inches (0.83m).

We saw Narrowboat Lion on 18 February 2011 at Wheaton Aston on the Shropshire Union Canal and she was in good order.

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NB "Lucy" - RESTORATION PROJECT - Historic Narrowboats

Narrowboat Lucy - RESTORATION PROJECT -


Above is scan from a 35mm Kodachrome transparency of nb Ian with butty Lucy carrying coal taken by Raymond Hearn around 1967 - 1.5 miles (measured on on the canal) south of the 3 locks at Linslade (Chelmscote).


2010 - nb Lucy is a wooden butty built by Nursers at Braunston in 1951 for the John Knill fleet first registered at Daventry as number 548 on 24th February 1953.

She was re-registererd by Barlows Ltd. in January 1955, and worked by them until 1962.

Lucy was re-registered by Blue Line Cruisers Ltd. in 1962 and paired with motors nb Renfrew and nb Ian, she finished carrying in October 1970.

Moved to Braunston in 1971 outside the Marina until 1977.

Privately owned since 1977, she eventually sank.

In 2008, she was acquired by Pete Boyce as the start of a reconstruction project of this Braunston-built wooden butty.

In May 2009, she was raised and is being restored in the Tess yard at Braunston Turn - nb Lucy (project).

NB Lucy is listed on the National Historic Ships Register.

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NB "Lupin" BW 62769 - Historic Narrowboats

Narrowboat Lupin 62769

Messrs. Fellows, Morton & Co., the great canal carriers

Lupin is registered with British Waterways with number 62769 as a powered craft (14BHP) with a composite / iron hull built by Fellows Morton & Clayton (FMC) at Saltley - date not known.

Length 70 feet 6 inches (21.48m); Beam - 6 feet 9 inches (2.07m); Draft 2 feet 7 inches (0.80m).

When we saw Narrowboat Lupin she was in good order.

2013 - Lupin is 100 years old and is having a new back cabin fitted after a fire destroyed her old one - She is owned by Mr David Wright, moored at Harefield on the Grand Union.

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NB butty "Lynx" BW 66999 - Historic Narrowboat

Narrowboat Lynx 66999

Just seeing just the bow here and BCN Gauging Number 21851 NB Lynx is registered with British Waterways with number 66999 as a powered craft (22BHP) with a composite hull by Fellows Morton and Clay (FMC) - date not known.

Length 70 feet 6 inches (21.49m); Beam 7 feet (2.13m); Draft 3 feet 6 inches (1.06m).

We saw (unconverted) Narrowboat Lynx on 18 February 2011 at Stretton Wharf on the Shropshire Union Canal where she appeared to be waiting to have some work done.

Was paired with motor Bellarix?

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NB "Mastodon" BW 68228 - Historic Narrowboats

Narrowboat Mastodon 68228

Mastodon is registered with British Waterways with number 68228 as a powered craft (2 BHP) with a metal hull by an unknown builder - date not known.

Length 49 feet 8 inches (15.15m); Beam 6 feet 9 inches (2.07m); Draft 2 feet (0.61m).

We saw Narrowboat Mastodon on 18 February 2011 at Wheaton Aston on the Shropshire Union Canal and she was in working order.

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UPDATE APRIL 2015:
This boat is now registered under the names of Miss Samantha Walton & Mr David Walton. It is at Newbridge mooring in Tettenhall, where it is being stripped out and refitted.
It was previously known as NB "Ceramm".



NB "Monarch" BW 67821 - Historic Narrowboats

Narrowboat Monarch 67821

NB "Monarch" BW 67821 - Historic Narrowboats
NB "Monarch" BW 67821 - Historic NarrowboatsMonarch is registered with British Waterways with number 67821 as a powered craft (Lister JP2). F.M.C Josher Steamer Monarch with a metal hull by Fellows Moreton and Clayton 1908.

Length 62 feet (18.9m); Beam 6 feet 9 inches (2.07m); Draft 3 feet (0.91m).

We saw Narrowboat Monarch paired with butty Grimsby on 24th April 2012 at Gailey Wharf on the Staffs and Worcs Canal and she was in good order.


Monarch was as a steamer until January 1925 when she was fitted with a Bolinder 15NE

Sold to Ada Gopsall and then on to various others working the Cannock Coal fields where she would have been seen pulling at least 5 joeys behind her.

In the late 1950′s Monarch was bought by the Lycett family and used as a pleasure craft.

She was restored in the 1970s to a working boat and fitted with a Gardner 2L2 at the Ellesmere Boat Museum.

Now working Grendon to Fradley on the Coventry Canal and Great Haywood to Alrewas on the Trent & Mersey and Up to Tixall Wides on the Staffs & Worcs. as a coal - gas - blue boat / misc. chandlery, (Tel: 07976 686130 - Web: www.scraggend.com)


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NB "Nutfield" BW 61882 - Historic Narrowboats

Narrowboat Nutfield 61882

Photo by Dave Warriner - Mid 60s on a day trip on the canals from London to Rickmansworth - NB "Nutfield" BW 61882 - Historic Narrowboat
Nutfield is registered with British Waterways with number 61882 as a powered craft power of 22hp. Last registration recorded on 11-Apr-2010. With a steel hull built by Yarwoods for the Grand Union Canal Carrying Co., her first owners and instigators, and launched on 22nd July 1936.

Length 72 feet (21.94m); Beam 7 feet 1 inch (2.15m); Draft 3 feet (0.91m).

NB "Nutfield" BW 61882 - Historic Narrowboat

We saw Narrowboat Nutfield on the Grand Union Canal in Blue Line colours paired with Raymond her original paired butty and she was in good order.

Will Jackson - "My late father and I worked her in the early 80's when she was a camping boat on the Kennet and Avon owned by Bristol Narrowboats".

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NB "Pine" BW 72216 - Historic Narrowboat

Narrowboat Pine 72216

NB "Pine" BW 72216 - Historic Narrowboat
NB "Pine" BW 72216 - Historic Narrowboat
Pine is registered with British Waterways with number 72216 as a powered craft (20BHP) with a metal hull by Hill and Sons - date not known.

Length 72 feet (21.95m); Beam - 7 feet (2.13m); Draft 3 feet (0.91m).

We saw Narrowboat Pine on - 18 February 2011 at High Onn on the Shropshire Union Canal and she was in reasonable order.

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NB "Plover" BW 68686 - Historic Narrowboat

Narrowboat Plover 68686

NB "Plover" BW 68686 - Historic Narrowboat
NB "Plover" BW 68686 - Historic NarrowboatPlover is registered with British Waterways with number 68686 as a powered craft (?BHP) with a metal hull by an unknown builder - date not known.

Length 70 feet (21.34m); Beam 7 feet (2.13m); Draft 3 feet (0.91m).

We saw Narrowboat Plover on 18 February 2011 at Wheaton Aston on the Shropshire Union Canal and she was in good order.

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NB "Prince" G.U. 12313 - Historic Narrowboats

Narrowboat Prince was the powered narrowboat to the now defunct butty 'Princess'

Historic Narrowboat Prince - G.U. 12313 - Rickmansworth No.23
Historic Narrowboat Prince - G.U. 12313 - Rickmansworth No.23A working "Royal" narrowboat owned and operated by Paul M Edwards, BSS Examiner. Regularly moored on the long term moorings opposite Wheaton Aston Wharf on the Shropshire Union Canal.

Paul told me that Prince was built in 1931 by Pollacks of Favisham, launched in August recovered from Gas Street Basin as a hulk and restored. Powered by a JP3 that replaced a 20hp Bollinger with reverse gear.

Narrowboat Prince appears in good order, the paintwork is being refreshed in its original green and light green livery.

A nice boat to see.

Historic Narrowboat Prince - G.U. 12313 - Rickmansworth No.23

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For instance - it is believed that this narrowboat was used as a floating anti-aircraft battery in London during the Second World War????????????

Update from Colin Brace: "Prince worked on the gravel run on the Soar paired with the butty Dipper"