Certificate no 1884
Status Registered


Function Cargo Vessel
Subfunction Barge
Location Stainforth & Keadby Canal
Vessel type Humber Keel
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required Yes


Builder Watson, J S (Gainsborough) Ltd, Gainsborough
Built in 1910
Hull material Iron
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 2
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
14.80 feet (4.51 m)
3.80 feet (1.16 m)
Length: Overall
57.60 feet (17.57 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed



PIONEER was built at Watsons' shipyard on the River Trent, opposite Gainsborough, in 1910. She was commissioned by George Bisby and built to Deane & Dove Canal dimensions. Her hull was constructed of steel. George Bisby had a contract to carry coal from Manvers coal staithe to Gainsborough for the Gainsborough Co-operative Society. After discharging the cargo at Gainsborough, the barges would either sail to Hull and pick up a load for Sheffield, or go up the Trent to take on sand or gravel for such places as Barron's Glasswork at Mexborough. At this time, PIONEER was crewed by Ainley Earnshaw Bisby and his wife and sons. PIONEER underwent restoration and several alterations were made to her. She is the only known barge left of six which were built for the Deane & Dove Canal.

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