Certificate no 1640
Status Registered


Function Service Vessel
Subfunction Tug
Location Gloucester and Sharpness Canal
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Pollock, J Son & Co Ltd, Faversham
Built in 1937
Hull material
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Inboard
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
9.51 feet (2.90 m)
4.60 feet (1.40 m)
Length: Overall
40.00 feet (12.20 m)
Air Draft
To be confirmed


SWALLOW is a river or dock tug built in 1937 by James Pollock Sons & Co. Limited at Faversham. Her current engine is a Ford diesel 6D, 130 bhp. She worked on the River Lea, Regents Canal and the Thames until the late 1960s. Purchased at Sunbury in 1978 in derelict condition with the original engine removed, she was restored by Anthony Mayes of Wargrave and retained for occasional towing on the Thames. She was sold to Malcolm Bristow in 1987 of Tetbury.  Her present owners bought SWALLOW in 2012


Salmon, Anne, A sideways Launch, 1937

Key dates

  • 1937

    Built by James Pollock, Sons & Co Ltd, ship number 1648, launched November, delivered December

  • 1978

    Found derelict in a creek at Sunbury and purchased from British Waterways for restoration

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