Certificate no 1805
Status National Historic Fleet


Function Cargo Vessel
Subfunction Barge
Location Morcombe
Current use Museum based
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required Yes


Builder Walker, W H & Brothers, Rickmansworth
Built in 1936
Hull material Wood
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


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


MEROPE was built by Walker Bros, Rickmansworth in 1936 for the Grand Union Canal Carrying Co. and paired with MERAK. In 1941 she was sold to Stanton Coal & Iron Co. and has subsequently had several owners and a change of name. She is now re-united with MERAK at the Boat Museum. Her current engine is a 4-stroke Bolinder diesel, model 1052 (the original would have been a National 2cy diesel).

Although this vessel is on the National Historic Fleet, we are currently lacking information on this particular vessel. If you have any information on this vessel past or present, please contact us.

Key dates

  • 1936

    Built by Walker Bros. of Rickmansworth for the Grand Union Canal and paired with MERAK

  • 1941

    Sold to Stanton Coal & Iron Co., followed by several other owners under a changed name

  • 2012

    Reunited with MERAK afloat at the Boat Museum, Ellesmere Port


  • August 2016

    Awarded by ACE Museum Resilience Fund of £313k for storage, lifting and moving priority boats and reinstatement of the dry dock at Ellesmere Port.

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