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NB "Pyrites" BW 62983 - Historic Narrowboats

Narrowboat Pyrites 62983

Pyrites is registered with British Waterways with number 62983 as a powered craft (?BHP) with a historic metal hull by an unknown builder in 1898.

Length 48 feet 5 inches (14.75m); Beam - 6 feet 9 inches (2.07m); Draft ? feet (?m).

We saw Narrowboat Pyrites on - November 2010 at the 48hr moorings outside Tattenhall Marina on the Shropshire Union Canal and she was in good order.

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



NB "Reginald" BW 75361 - Historic Narrowboats

Narrowboat Reginald 75361

Tug fronted Narrowboat Reginald is registered with British Waterways with number 75361 as a powered craft (??BHP) with a metal hull by an unknown builder - date not known.

Length 45 feet (13.72m); Beam 6 feet 10 inches (2.08m); Draft uk (??).

We saw Narrowboat Reginald on 18 November 2009 at Grub Street Cutting on the Shropshire Union Canal and she looked like she was in need of some TLC!

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



NB "Rigal" (344) - BW No. 69363 - G.U. 12500 - Brentford 585 - Historic Narrowboat

Narrowboat Rigal

NB "Rigal"(344) - BW No. 69363 - G.U. 12500 - Brentford 585 - Historic Narrowboat


We saw the privately owned historic narrowboat Rigal (344) at Wheaton Aston long term moorings in November 2009.

Rigal was seen in the livery of G.U.C.C. Co.Ltd.



She is a metal hulled craft built by Harland and Wolff at a length of 70ft (21.34m) with a beam  of 7ft (2.14m) and an UK draft 0.01 metres.

A powered narrowboat of 22BHP.

The narrowboat was in very good order, nicely painted.

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



NB "Roach" BW 72958 - Historic Narrowboats

Narrowboat Roach 72958

Roach is registered with British Waterways with number 72958 as a powered craft (29BHP) with a metal hull by Yarwood and Sons - date not known.

Length 70 feet (21.34m); Beam 7 feet ; Draft - 37 inches (0.93m).

We saw Narrowboat Roach on 23 February 2011 near Wombourne on the Staffs and Worcs. Canal and she was in excellent order.

Obviously she is still in service as a trading boat carrying coal for John Jackson.

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



NB "Roger" BW 65070 - Historic Narrowboats

Narrowboat Roger 65070

Narrowboat 'Roger'
Narrowboat 'Roger' situated at the Batchworth Lock Visitor Centre was probably the last wooden motorised narrowboat to trade on the Grand Union Canal and has been restored by the The Rickmansworth Waterways Trust, with the help of lottery funding. Roger is the sole surviving example of a narrowboat built by Bushell Brothers of Tring, who constructed wooden boats between 1850 and 1950. NB Roger was built to transport coal, towing a non-motorised butty boat and was operated by the Bray family.

Roger is registered with British Waterways with number 65070 as a powered craft (--BHP) with a wooden hull by Bushell Bros - date not known.

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

We saw Narrowboat Roger on 24 April 2010 at Batchworth Lock Visitor Centre on the Grand Union Canal near Rickmansworth and she was in good order.

Roger is also probably the most photographed historic narrowboat in existence!

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



Saturn - Last of the Shroppie Fly-boats

We saw Shroppie Fly-boat Saturn at her moorings in Audlem, below the bottom lock of 'Heartbreak Hill' flight on the Shropshire Union Canal in Cheshire during our 2009 summer cruise.

Saturn - Last of the Shroppie Fly-boats


Fly-boats were the express delivery craft of the UK's inland waterways. Running non-stop, day and night they delivered mainly perishable goods and important loads, around the clock throughout the waterway network.

Shroppie fly-boat men were the elite of boatmen that developed the combination of boat horse power and men into the ultimate of precision teamwork of their era.


Bow - Saturn - Last of the Shroppie Fly-boatsNarrowboat Saturn is the only remaining floating example of the horse-drawn Shropshire Union fly-boat anywhere in the world. She was built for the S.U.R.& C.Co. - Shropshire Union Railway and Canal Company back in 1906 at the company’s dock which still exists at Tower Wharf Chester. Her original public health registration number was Chester 630.

Known as a ‘cheese fly’: That is. NB Saturn was built primarily for the fast carriage of cheese from the producing towns of Cheshire and Shropshire to major markets such as Manchester She would have carried return loads of perishable and finished goods.

Saturn would also have worked to other destinations on the Shropshire Union network as well as other waterways throughout the North West, the Midlands and Wales.

Boatman's Cabin - Saturn - Last of the Shroppie Fly-boatsThe restoration of Saturn started when the first new timbers arrived in May 2002 and the project substantially supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

It was an emotional day for many on 26th February 2005 as a good crowd turned out to be at the re-launch of Saturn.

Now we don't want to detract from the hard work of the people in the Saturn restoration society, but at what point does a restoration become a replica? Probably the only parts that are original about this wooden narrowboat are the iron knees. So we beg the question - Is Saturn a restoration or replica? - To quote my mum "It's a damn good mop this; I've had it ten years now and it's only on its third handle and fourth head!"



NB "Stanton" BW 67730 - Historic Narrowboats

Narrowboat Stanton

Stanton is registered with British Waterways with number 67730 as a powered craft (33BHP) with a steel hull (from new) by Yarwood and Sons and was delivered to the Grand Union Canal Carrying Company in November 1936. (thanks to the present owner for the information).

Length 71ft 6in (21.79m) long; 7ft 0½in (2.15m) beam; 2ft 10in (0.86m) draft.


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

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



NB "Stanton" BW 67730 - Historic Narrowboats

Narrowboat Stanton

Stanton is registered with British Waterways with number 67730 as a powered craft (33BHP) with a metal hull by Yarwood and Sons - date not known.

Length 72 feet (21.94m); Beam - 6 feet 9 inches (2.07m); Draft 39 inches (1m)


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

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



NB "Starling" BW 66499 - Historic Narrowboats

Narrowboat Starling 66499

NB "Starling" BW 66499 - Historic Narrowboats
NB "Starling" BW 66499 - Historic NarrowboatsStarling is registered with British Waterways with number 66499 as a powered craft (22BHP) with a metal hull by Yarwood and Sons - date not known.


Length 69 feet (21.04m); Beam 7 feet (2.14m); Draft 3 feet 4 inches (1.01m).



We saw Narrowboat Starling on 18 November 2009 at the old Cadbury's Knighton Wharf on the Shropshire Union Canal and she was in good order even though she looked as though she was working for her living!



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NB "Tarporley" BW 64483 - Historic Narrowboats

Narrowboat Tarporley 64483

NB "Tarporley" BW 64483 - Historic Narrowboat - CCNA (Camden Community Narrowboats Association)
Tarporley is registered with British Waterways number 64483 as a powered craft  with a metal hull by Yarwood & Sons - She was launched Feb 1937.

Length 71 feet (21.64m); Beam 7 feet (2.13m); Draft 3 feet - inches (?m).

We saw Narrowboat Tarporley in mid June 2010 at Camden on the Regents Canal and she was cruising towards the London Canal Museum - NB Tarporley was in good order.

NB Tarporley is now owned by CCNA (Camden Community Narrowboats Association). She is run as a charity as a community boat.

www.CamdenCanals.org

Photo of NB Tarporley as a historic working boat before conversion:

Photo of NB Tarporley as a historic working boat

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



NB "Tebay" BW 47282 - Historic Narrowboat

Historic Narrowboat For Sale - LMS Tebay

Narrowboat Tebay 47282

NB "Tebay" BW 47282 - Historic Narrowboat
NB "Tebay" BW 47282 - Historic NarrowboatTebay is a historic hulled tug front narrowboat registered with British Waterways with number 47282 as a powered craft (33BHP) with a metal hull by Yarwood & Sons - date not known.

Length 52feet (15.85m); Beam 6feet 10inches (2.08m); Draft 2feet 9inches (0.84m).

We saw Narrowboat Tebay on 19 November 2009 at Victoria Wharf (bridge 65) on the Shropshire Union Canal and she was in good order.

Kevin Whittle of The Oil Engine Co. told us in November 2010 that he owns Narrowboat Tebay and filled in the following details:

Gauged at Tipton in Oct 1929, BCN 1565 for the LMS railway
Transferred to BW and they cut down to 35 ft. Used as the mess boat for the Brades dredging gang. Sold by them in 1987.


Kevin said he purchased Tebay then and took her to Tony Gregory. He craned her out at his G.M. Engineering Company, that was situated in Great Western Street, Wednesbury, West Midlands. Here she was re bottomed and re footed and a new 35 ft cabin added, along with a new stern end. Making her 52 ft total.

Kevin installed a 15hp Bolinder semi and ran like that for 10 years based at Stourport. In 1997 he removed the Bolinder and installed a rebuilt Kelvin J3 of 33shp at 1000rpm. Retaining the original Bolinder stern gear including the cast iron 26" prop.
She is painted in LMS freight colours, as befitting a working boat.


We have also been informed by Tony Gregory that: He closed G.M. Engineering, in 1993 following a compulsory purchase order by the Black Country Development Corporation for redevelopment of the area.

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



NB "The King" BW60833 - Historic Narrowboat

The King was built by Fellows, Morton and Clay

- Length: 72ft / 2196cm. Beam: 7ft / 214cm.
Steel hull power of 21BHP.
Registered No. BW60833 - Powered.

Narrowboat King as a working 'Steamer' in 1910



Originally registered at Birmingham No.1549 - The narrowboat The King now had a full length steel cabin and has been converted.

Aqueduct Marina Welcomes "The King"

Narrowboat 'The King' waiting to go down to the River Weaver Navigation via the Anderton Boat Lift

The new Church Minshull Aqueduct Marina was home to famous steamboat ‘The King’, when the marina opened in 2009.

The King was built in 1905 as a steamer for Fellows, Morton & Clayton. Over the years it has seen many new owners, new engines and has had many an adventure including lying underwater for several years in the late 60s. The King is mentioned in a report, held in the Northampton Record Office, after a crewmember left a paddle up whilst working through the Stoke locks in 1921, subsequently ‘emptying the long pound’ behind it. The current owner, Graham Russell has carefully restored The King and moved this historic boat to its new home at the Aqueduct Marina.

Robert Parton Aqueduct Marina has 147 moorings in a superb rural setting and central location on the Middlewich branch of the Shropshire Union Canal.

“People are attracted to this marina because of its location,” confirms owner Robert Parton. “We are on the gateway to a number of different canals including the Llangollen Canal and the Trent and Mersey giving boat owners unusual, easy access to hundreds of miles of the region’s waterways.

For further information and bookings visit:

www.aqueductmarina.co.uk,

email [email protected]

tel: 01270 522 284



NB "Touchwood" BW 61042 - Historic Narrowboats

Narrowboat Touchwood 61042

NB "Touchwood" BW 61042 - Historic Narrowboats
NB "Touchwood" BW 61042 - Historic NarrowboatsTouchwood is registered with British Waterways with number 61042 as a powered craft (??BHP) with a metal hull by Bantocks in 1877.

Length 70ft 1in (21.35m); Beam 6ft 10in (2.08m); Draft UK ft in (0.0m).


NB "Touchwood" BW 61042 - Historic NarrowboatsWe saw Narrowboat Touchwood on 16 November 2009 at Norbury Junction on the Shropshire Union Canal and she was in a reasonable state of repair.

In November 2010 Andrew Perry updated us with the following:

"I owned Touchwood between 1981 to 2000 I bought her as a bare hull but she had a been motorised in a crude way, I installed a Ford D series engine on a jury rig and sailed her from Watford to Worsley via the Thames. During my ownership I had the cabin fitted, most of the bottom replaced; new swim and rudder, and latterly I fitted a Gardener 4lk engine with Parsons gearbox.

From memory Touchwood, BCN no 19258, was built in 1877 for S L Williams of Woodsetton was later owned by Harts Hill Iron Co then Stewarts & Lloyds fleet no 116."

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



NB "Towy" BW 63553 - Historic Narrowboats

Narrowboat Towy 63553

Towy is registered with British Waterways with number 63553 as a powered craft (??BHP) with a wooden hull by Fellows, Morton and Clay - date not known.

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

We saw Narrowboat Towy on 25 November 2009 at east of Falkeners Bridge (#116) on the Shropshire Union Canal and she was in surprisingly good order.

Two Shares Available In Historic Narrowboat - Tel: 01524 383 754

The narrow boat Towy was a river class narrowboat built by Fellows Morton and Clayton Limited, at Uxbridge, Middlesex in July 1938. Towy was one of a batch of 8 motor boats designed to work between Stanlow Oil Refinery on the Manchester Ship Canal and the West Midlands.
Like her sister craft, the Towy was named after British rivers, the "T" names signifying craft built or acquired in that year. Other 1938 craft include Tweed, Tay and Tees while 1937 boats are "S" and include Stour and Spey. The batch of boats was completed in 1939 with "U"- Usk and Umea. These eight sisters were owned by the well known carrying firm Thomas Clayton (Oldbury) Ltd, specialists in the carriage of liquid cargoes.


Article by Stanley C. Jenkins MA who is a part owner of NB Towy: www.CanalBarge.co.uk/Towy (opens in new window)

You can also find a website about the boat at: www.NBTowy.co.nr

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



NB "Uranus" BW 70916 - Historic Narrowboats

Narrowboat Uranus 70916

Uranus is registered with British Waterways with number 70916 as a powered craft (27BHP) with a metal hull by Harland and Wolff - date not known.

Length 70 feet (21.34m); Beam 6 feet 10 inches (2.08m); Draft uk (unknown).

We saw Narrowboat Uranus on 23 February 2011 near Wombourn 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 [email protected]






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




NB "Wood Sorrell" BW 73500 - Historic Narrowboats

Narrowboat Wood Sorrell 73500


NB Wood Sorrell is registered with British Waterways with number 73500 as a powered craft (40BHP) with a metal hull by BCN Boat Services / Trevor Counsel - date not known.

Length 60 feet (18.28m); Beam 6 feet 9 inches (2.07m); Draft ? feet ? inches (?m).

We saw Narrowboat Wood Sorrell on 18 February at Brewood on the Shropshire Union Canal and she was in poor order.

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



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