Certificate no 1396
Status National Historic Fleet


Function Cargo Vessel
Subfunction Narrow Boat
Location Dudley
Current use Museum based
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required Yes


Builder Fellows, Morton & Clayton, Saltley Dock
Built in 1915
Hull material Iron
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Petrol
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
6.98 feet (2.13 m)
2.98 feet (0.91 m)
Length: Overall
69.97 feet (21.34 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed



PEACOCK was built as a flyboat for Fellows, Morton & Clayton at Saltley, Birmingham in 1915. She worked with their northern fleet until nationalisation in 1948. She was then sold and used as a tug and a houseboat between 1952 and 1993 when it was bought by Birmingham Museums.

Now on display at the Black Country Living Museum, PEACOCK has been described as being in the most original condition of any of the FMC boats: never converted or altered, she still has most of the original fittings. The engine dates from the 1920s and is a 15hp Bolinder.

We are currently seeking further information on this National Historic Fleet vessel. If you have any details about this vessel past or present, please contact us.

Key dates

  • 1915

    Built by Fellows, Morton and Clayton of Saltey Dock, Birmingham as a commercial narrow boat

  • 1915-1948

    Carried commercial cargo

  • 1952-1993

    Worked as  a towing vessel

  • 1993

    Purchased by the Birmingham Museum of Science & Industry and displayed on occasion at the Black Country Living Museum


  • September 2014

    A Sustainability Award of £1000 for remedial work was made from the Strategic Development Fund of National Historic Ships

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