Certificate no 1390
Status National Historic Fleet


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


Builder Wates Building Group Limited, Barrow in Furness
Built in 1944
Hull material Concrete
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts
Propulsion Towed
Primary engine type None
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
18.00 feet (5.49 m)
Length: Overall
79.93 feet (24.38 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed



FCB18 is one of hundreds of barges made of ferro-concrete during the first and second World Wars to economise on wood and steel. Very little is known of her working life as such vessels were widely seen and unregarded. However it is thought she would have regularly plied her trade as a dumb barge on the Manchester Ship Canal. The vessel is now an exhibit at the Boat Museum at Ellesmere Port.

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