Certificate no 1392
Status National Historic Fleet


Function Cargo Vessel
Subfunction Barge
Location Leigh
Vessel type Calder & Hebble Keel
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Unknown
Built in 1869
Hull material Iron
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
14.30 feet (4.36 m)
2.98 feet (0.91 m)
Length: Overall
57.57 feet (17.56 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed



PAULINE, a west country keel, formerly Aire and Calder Navigation Flyboat no 27. Built at Goole in 1869. LOA 57ft 6in, MB 14ft 3in, DR 3ft, 38 gt. Her hull is iron, apart from the original wooden deck which has been replaced with welded steel. The hull is constructed clinker fashion using iron planks and rivetted. Bow and stern are bluff and the stem is plumb curved. Currently has a Parsons Pike engine 4cy, 38hp, made in 1953.

The vessel is shown as having ben sold to J Wilby Ltd for £275 on 14 November 1947 by the Aire and Calder Navigation Co. and was motorised around 1950, being towed or sailed before this.

In about 1958 a Polish ship painter working in Manchester docks brought her over from Yorkshire to use as a paint store and platform to paint ships from. Present owners purchased her in 1975 intending to restore to commercial cargo carrying. However she was used as a workshop/store until 1987 when the owner decided to convert to a houseboat.

In May 1995 the vessel was motored across the North Sea to Holland spending 19 months boating around Holland, Belgium and France before returning to England. Since 1975 approximately one third of the bottom has been replaced by the crop and let in method using welded steel plate. All the timber decking and iron support frames have been removed and replaced with welded steel. The wooded hatch covers have been replaced by a welded steel cabin top. The mast support had to be removed to faciliate this work.

This vessel is currently up for sale.

Key dates

  • 1869

    Built in Goole as a Calder & Hebble Keel

  • 1950

    Engine fitted

  • 1958

    Bought by a Polish ship painter and taken to Manchester for use as a paint store and platform

  • 1976

    Purchased by private owner

  • 1987-1989

    Converted to accommodation for the owner’s family

  • 1995-1997

    Crossed the North Sea and spent time cruising in Holland, Belgium and France

  • 2007

    Fitted with aluminium windows paid for with the prize money from the National Historic Ships photography competition

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port side view

Registered, built 1876 by Unknown