Certificate no 1888
Status Registered


Function Cargo Vessel
Subfunction Barge
Location Stainforth
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Swans, Glasgow
Built in 1865
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
14.90 feet (4.30 m)
3.75 feet (0.93 m)
Length: Overall
61.00 feet (18.61 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
9.30 feet (2.83 m)


Built in 1865 by Swans of Glasgow, VULCAN is an iron barge. She initially worked in Scotland and her early owners are recorded as James McKirdy of Greenock in 1879 and later John Smith of Tradeston. She sank in the Firth of Forth in 1890 and was later reported as trading on the River Humber. She was converted to a dredger from 1950 to 1980 and used in Goole Docks. Subsequently, she was in the ownership of British Waterways and was then sold into private ownership and converted to a river/canal cruiser. She remains fully operational and in private ownership.

Key dates

  • 1865

    Iron barge built by Swans of Glasgow

  • 1879

    Worked in Scotland by James McKirdy of Greenock

  • 1880s

    Worked in Scotland by John Smith of Tradeston

  • 1890

    Sank in the Firth of Forth

  • 1920s?

    Reported as trading on the River Humber

  • 1950

    Converted to dredger and used in Goole Docks until 1980

  • 1980

    Ownership transferred to British Waterways

  • 2000?

    Sold into private ownership and converted to river/canal cruiser

  • 2011

    Remains fully operational and in private ownership


  • 2012/13

    The Heritage Lottery Fund awarded £36,400 to create a new community learning space

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