Certificate no 126
Status Registered


Function Cargo Vessel
Subfunction Barge
Location Morcombe
Vessel type Dumb Barge
Current use Museum based
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Yarwood, W J & Sons Ltd, Northwich
Built in 1948
Hull material
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts
Propulsion Towed
Primary engine type None
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
14.49 feet (4.42 m)
6.50 feet (1.98 m)
Length: Overall
72.00 feet (21.96 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed



Built in 1948 by Yarwoods of Northwich, Cheshire for the Manchester Ship Canal, BIGMERE is a steel barge originally used for the carriage of cargo on the Bridgewater Canal and the Manchester Ship Canal which she did until 1974. Having no means of propulsion, she was towed from place to place. She is now preserved afloat as a museum at Ellesmere Port. She was built to carry grain from Manchester Docks to Kelloggs at Trafford Park. She was in the trade until circa 1974 and was then purchased by L Crampton and used as floating storage at Frodsham.


Brouwer, Norman J, International Register of Historic Ships, Anthony Nelson, pp137, Edition 2 1993 
The Boat Museum, The Boat Museum

Key dates

  • 1948

    Built by W J Yarwood of Northwich

  • 2004

    Restored to original condition and displayed at Ellesmere Port

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