Certificate no 1436
Status Registered


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


Builder Harland & Wolff Ltd, Woolwich
Built in 1936
Hull material Steel
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts
Propulsion Towed
Primary engine type None
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
6.98 feet (2.13 m)
1.25 feet (0.38 m)
Length: Overall
71.44 feet (21.79 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed



ALPERTON is a narrow boat butty built by Harland & Wolf Ltd. at Woolwich and delivered to the Grand Union Canal Carrying Company Ltd. in August 1936. Her hull is made of riveted steel with a wooden cabin and she has a pointed bow with a plumb curved stem and a pointed stern. She was registered at Coventry as number 544 and was fleet number 207 and gauging number 12573. She was named after Alperton near London. ALPERTON was one of twenty-four similar vessels known as the Town or Woolwich class. One of these has now been completely scrapped and at least two others have had a counter stern and engines fitted. Some have been converted to houseboats. ALPERTON, with her motor the DARLEY, carried cargoes from Birmingham to London until 1948 when British Waterways took over. By the 1950s, she lay disused in the Wendover arm of the canal until the Union Canal Company bought her for carrying and use on camping holidays. The wooden cabin was restored in 1972. The present owner purchased the vessel in 1980.

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Key dates

  • 1936

    Built by Harland & Wolff at Woolwich

  • 1936/1950s

    Worked for the Grand Union Canal Carrying Co.

  • 1980

    Bought by current Owner

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