Certificate no 1908
Status Registered


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


Builder Fellows, Morton & Clayton, Uxbridge
Built in 1938
Hull material
Rig None
Number of decks 2
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)
3.25 feet (0.99 m)
Length: Overall
72.00 feet (21.96 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


From 1938 to 1955, TOWY operated on the Shropshire Union oil run, going on to work on the Birmingham Canal Navigation gas works run from 1955 to 1966. She was then sold out of service and converted to a private leisure vessel. Her bow was re-built in 1982-3 and the stern bottoms and engine beds were also replaced the following year. Her counter boards were replaced in 1998.

Key dates

  • 1938

    Built by Fellows, Morton & Clayton at Uxbridge

  • 1938-55

    Operated on the Shropshire Union Canal oil run

  • 1955-66

    Worked on the Birmingham Canal Navigation gas works run

  • 1966

    Sold out of service and converted to private leisure vessel

  • 1982-83

    Bow re-built

  • 1983-84

    Stern bottoms and engine beds replaced 

  • 1998

    Counter boards replaced 


  • February 2012

    The Sustainability Grant awarded in January 2012 has been withdrawn

  • January 2012

    A Sustainability Grant of £1000 for remedial work was made from the Strategic Development Fund of National Historic Ships UK

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