Certificate no 1808
Status Registered


Function Service Vessel
Subfunction Tug
Location Morcombe
Current use None
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Hayes, Edward, Stony Stratford
Built in 1874
Hull material Iron
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 0
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Unknown
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
7.51 feet (2.29 m)
Length: Overall
60.95 feet (18.59 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


MANCHESTER was built as a tug in 1874 by Edward Hayes at Stony Stratford. Her hull is riveted iron plate with iron angles and frames. She has a pointed bow with a plumb curved stem and counter stern. She would originally have had a steam engine, later changed to a diesel, but is currently without an engine. MANCHESTER was one of a fleet of steam tugs operating on the Bridgewater Canal from 1875 onwards. She was later acquired by the Manchester Shipping Canal Company and converted to diesel in the 1920s. She was used as a tide tug for the harbour master’s department. She is currently out of the water at the Ellesmere Port Boat Museum.

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