Certificate no 1433
Status Registered


Function Cargo Vessel
Subfunction Narrow Boat
Location Grand Union Canal
Vessel type Butty
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


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


Breadth: Beam
6.98 feet (2.13 m)
2.98 feet (0.91 m)
Length: Overall
70.46 feet (21.49 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed



CEDAR 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 Company was for two motor and butty pairs, four boats in all. The motor built with CEDAR was CYPRUS.

CEDAR's hull is made of riveted wrought iron. When built in 1935 the bottom would have been 3 inch thick elm. 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. On CEDAR some time in the past, this elm was replaced with steel.

Key dates

  • 1935

    Built by Yarwood of Northwich

  • 1996

    Acquired by present owner wikth Cyprus, the motor boat to the butty

  • 2013

    Vessel used by a training company for butty boat management

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