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NB "Victoria" BW 66078 - Historic Narrowboats

Narrowboat Victoria 66078

Narrowboat Victoria 66078
Yarwood & Sons Ltd plate - NB "Victoria" BW 66078 - Historic NarrowboatNB Victoria is registered with British Waterways with number 66078 as a powered craft with a metal hull built by W.J. Yarwood & Sons Ltd, Shipbuilders and Engineers, Northwich, Cheshire in 1931 for the princely sum of £595!

Victoria was initially owned by Associated Canal Carriers Ltd. who had just been taken over by the Grand Junction Canal Company in lieu of toll debts. The company was later to become the Grand Union Canal Carrying Co. (G.U.C.C.co.)

Length 72 feet (21.95 metres) - Beam 6 feet 11 inches (2.11 metres) - Draft 3 feet 6 inches (1.07 metres)

Victoria was paired with butty "Albert" (as one would expect) and she had been specially designed with a large hold, combings on the engine room doors, and powerful engine along with other royalty boats she was designed for running on the River Thames as much as the canals.

The engine room (larger than most) was to hold a single cyl (M1 type) Kromhout engine (£345) but is now home to a Lister JP2 which was built in 1953

Castles - NB "Victoria" BW 66078 - Historic NarrowboatBW Registered 66078 (Registered at Brentford No. 481).

Narrowboat Victoria 66078 was first seen by CanalCuttings in April 2010 on the Grand Union Canal at Cowley Lock.

NB Victoria, part of the original Royal Fleet, was sporting the green and gold colours of Associated Canal Carriers Limited, London and Northampton and was in really good order.

On 5th September 2013 we were lucky enough to share 5 locks with Victoria on the GUC between lock 95 and Brentford.


Victoria is operated by Royalty Fuels and owned and skippered by Michael "Mikey" Askin since 2009 (facebook NB.Victoria) - Coal, Gas, Diesel and Smokeless Fuels (Tel: 07414 707 110).

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

Yarwood & Sons Ltd