Certificate no 1431
Status Registered
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Details

Function Cargo Vessel
Subfunction Barge
Location Grand Union Canal
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No

Construction

Builder Yarwood, W J & Sons Ltd, Northwich
Built in 1935
Hull material Iron
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 0
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None

Dimensions

Breadth: Beam
7.51 feet (2.29 m)
Depth
2.98 feet (0.91 m)
Length: Overall
70.46 feet (21.49 m)
Tonnage: Gross
0.00
Air Draft
To be confirmed

History

CYPRUS was built in September 1935 by W. J. Yarwood & Sons at their yard on the River Weaver in Northwich, Cheshire. The order from the Erewash Canal Carrying Co. was for two motor and butty pairs, four boats in all. The butty built with CYPRUS was CEDAR.

The vessels are identical to those generally known as the 'Star class', then being built by Yarwoods for the Grand Union Canal Carrying Company. The Grand Union boats were built to an overall length of 71.5ft, but the Erewash boats are exactly 1 foot shorter. The intention was to make operation through the particularly short 'Zouch Lock' on the River Soar less of a problem with a pair of boats. Zouch Lock has since been re-built and is now much longer and 'Bishops Meadow' is the shortest on the River Soar.

CYPRUS is built of riveted wrought iron, not steel, although there have been the usual replacements of minor worn or corroded sections in more modern materials. When built in 1935 the bottom would have been 3 inches thick elm (known as 'Composite' construction). in the days before arc welding became easy and reliable, it was far easier, and cheaper too, to replace a worn wooden bottom, bolted in, than an iron one, riveted in.

CYPRUS is now fitted with a National DM2 engine and Brunton gearbox, extensively re-built and restored. The engine was originally fitted ot the GUCC Co. boat Birmingham in 1936.

Key dates

  • 1935

    Built by W J Yarwood

  • 1996

    Bought by new owner

  • 2008

    A Sustainability Grant of £1000 for engine repairs (with CEDAR) was made from the Strategic Development Fund of National Historic Ships

Grants

  • October 2008

    A Sustainability Grant of £1000 for engine repairs (with CEDAR) was made from the Strategic Development Fund of National Historic Ships

Own this vessel?

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