KINGFISHER was the last canal inspection launch built in this country in 1928 and is one of only four remaining (three afloat). She was used extensively by the Directors of the Grand Junction Canal Co in the 1930s and 1940s and was transferred to British Waterways in 1950. Used by then sporadically, she was eventually left idle and neglected until 1970 when she was sold into private hands and extensively restored. Her current engine is a Kelvin P4R, 4 cy, 20hp, built in 1964.
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Built at Cowes as an inspection craft for the Grand Union Canal Company
Used extensively by the Directors of the Company especially when the Company acquired an extra 250 miles of canals
Underwent an extensive refit
Transferred to British Waterways but only used occasionally
Underwent another extensive refit
Remained in poor condition at Bulbourne
Bought by Mr Michael Rabbet who took her out of the water at Buckby and moved her to Dedham where she was painstakingly restored and rebuilt
Relaunched at Grayton and cruised the canals with the Rabbet family
Sold to Oliver and Mary Turner
Included on the National Register of Historic Vessels
Vessel selected for Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant on 3 June 2012
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