Python

built 1929 by Yarwood, W J & Sons Ltd, Northwich

Designated ensign Designated house flag

2393

Registered


Cargo Vessel

Narrow Boat


Chesterfield Canal


Ongoing conservation

Private Use


No

No


22/12/2010

18/06/2015



Gallery


Propulsion

Motor

Inboard diesel


1967

None


None


Dimensions

To be confirmed

6.75 feet (2.06 metres)


53.00 feet (16.16 metres)

3.25 feet (0.99 metres)


0.00


History

PYTHON was built in September 1929 by W J Yarwoods & Son.  She was used as a carrier in the Fellows Morton & Clayton fleet until 1949 when she was sold to the British Transport Commission and passed into the South Eastern Division carrying fleet.  In 1960 she had a new engine and a major overhaul and in 1974 became part of British Waterways' maintenance fleet.  She was shortened in 1982.  She is built on the same works number as PANTHER, which is not known to have happened before.  PYTHON also used to be the motor to FAZELEY, which is now fully restored.  PYTHON is currently decked out as a tug and repainted in British Waterways' blue and yellow colours.  PYTHON was handed over to the Chesterfield Canal Trust in 2009 who have a team of volunteers dedicated to ensuring her care and maintenance as a promotional vessel for the work of the Trust.

Subsequent Developments

  1. June 2015 PYTHON has been moved into the workshop for restoration work to begin, thanks to a £15k grant awarded from the Keith Ayling Bequest of the Inland Waterways Association and £1,000 from NHS-UK

Key dates

  1. 1929 Vessel built by W J Yarwoods & Son
  2. 1949 Vessel sold to the British Transport Commission and passed into South Eastern Division carrying fleet
  3. 1974 Vessel joined British Waterways' maintenance fleet.
  4. 2009 Custodianship changed to the Chesterfield Canal Trust

Grants

  1. January 2014 A Sustainability Award of £1000 towards the costs remedial works, made from the Strategic Development Fund of National Historic Ships UK. Source: National Historic Ships UK This was later withdrawn and a submitted again
  2. January 2015 A Sustainability Award of £1000 towards the costs remedial works, made from the Strategic Development Fund of National Historic Ships UK
  3. February 2015 A grant was awarded by Inland Waterways Assocation to the Trust for £15,000
If you are the owner of the vessel and would like to provide more details or updated information please contact info@nationalhistoricships.org.uk

hawse eye:

tubular metal fitting in the bows of a vessel through which the anchor cable passes