Certificate no 1849
Status Registered


Function Cargo Vessel
Subfunction Barge
Location Stockton
Current use None
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Yarwood, W J & Sons Ltd, Northwich
Built in 1923
Hull material Iron
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 0
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Diesel
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



BISON was built as a narrow boat in 1923 by W.J. Yarrow & Sons Ltd., and operated under the British Waterways official number of 60171. She was commissioned by Fellows, Morton & Clayton for use as a cargo vessel. BISON is believed to have sunk at Harefield Gravel pits after becoming surplus to requirements in the 1940s. She was then raised and sold into private ownership in the 1950s and has been a houseboat ever since. She has a pointed bow with raked curved stem and a counter stern. Her hull is in very good condition, but the cabin needs replacing. The hull has original riveted iron sides, although she now has a steel bottom. The current engine is an inboard diesel made by National, model DM2, with two cylinders

Key dates

  • 1923

    Built by W J Yarwood for Fellows Morton & Clayton

  • 1940s

    Vessel surplus to reuirements and sunk

  • 1950s

    Vessel raised and converted to a houseboat

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