METEOR is a narrow boat built by Harland & Wolff Ltd. at Woolwich and launched 3 September 1935. She was designed to carry thirty tons, with a displacement of 38 tons fully loaded. Her hull is made of riveted iron plate and she has a bluff bow with a plumb straight stem and a pointed stern. She was used by the Grand Union Canal Carrying Company Ltd. until the mid 1960s, for general cargo work from London to Birmingham and for carrying coal from the Coventry area to London. She was then converted to a pleasure craft, but later went back into service delivering bagged coal until 1989 or 1990. She was bought by the present owners for use as a camping boat and has been fitted out with twelve berths. However, the changes made are all in the form of loose fittings, so that she can still be altered back to a trading vessel within hours. Her deck cants and hatches have been rebuilt to match the originals and her bottom has been replaced.
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