Certificate no 1662
Status Archived


Function Cargo Vessel
Subfunction Barge
Location Trent & Mersey Canal
Archive reason More information required
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required Yes


Builder Fellows, Morton & Clayton, Saltley Dock
Built in 1887
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
7.00 feet (2.14 m)
3.00 feet (0.92 m)
Length: Overall
71.00 feet (21.66 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


The narrowboat EMPRESS was built in 1887 by Fellows, Morton & Clayton Ltd. at Birmingham. Between 1887 and 1919, she operated as a steam fly boat. She was converted to a semi-diesel engine in 1919 and, until 1952, was worked by Ernest Thomas of Walsall as a tug. In the late 1960s, she entered private ownership.

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Key dates

  • 1898

    Built by Fellows Morton and Clayton as a Narrow Boat for the Manchester Ship Canal

  • 1917

    She was built as a Steamer but converted to diesel

  • 1952

    Sold to Ernest Thomas of Walsall

  • 2004

    Bought by present owner

  • 2016

    Vessel is in good carrying condition and based on the Trent and Mersey Canal at Dutton

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