Certificate no 1412
Status Archived


Function Cargo Vessel
Subfunction Barge
Location Cambridge
Archive reason More information required
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required Yes


Builder Great Western Railway, Swindon
Built in 1908
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
6.10 feet (1.86 m)
2.59 feet (0.79 m)
Length: Overall
49.97 feet (15.24 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


ENDEAVOUR is a narrow boat or station boat, believed to have been built for the Great Western Railway at Swindon in 1908. Her hull is largely riveted and made of iron, with a pointed bow and a counter stern. Her current engine is a BMC 2.2, with four cylinders and 44 horsepower. A new counter stern was welded on in the 1960s. It is believed that ENDEAVOUR was shortened from a 70 foot boat following conversion in the 1950s. Cabins made from galvanized steel have been built. Interior fittings are generally in a 1960s style, including the gas cooker.

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Key dates

  • 1908

    Built by Great Western Railway in Swindon as a Narrowboat

  • 1940

    Sailed to Dunkirk

  • 1962

    Sold to Brian Allen

  • 2005

    Sold to the Leigh-on-Sea Endeavour Trust and craned up out of Skipp’s Farm as a boat in poor condition.  She was re-fitted and sailed to a Dunkirk Reunion

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