HAZEL is a butty boat (narrowboat towed by horses in former times and nowadays by speedboat) built in 1957 in Northants. She worked for Samuel Barlow's, the coal carrying company, until 1962. Bought by Blue Line Carriers she was later sold to the Wyvern Shipping Company in 1966 and was used as one of their first hireboats.
Her later history is still being researched but she was reported to have sunk in the Nottingham area in the mid 1990s. She was refloated and moved to the Bridgewater canal at Runcorn, Cheshire where extensive work is being carried out. HAZEL was the second to last wooden boat to be built for commercial carrying on canals and is one of only two of Barlow's Butty boats remaining in existence.
Built by Barlow’s at Nurser’s Yard at Braunston for for Samuel Barlow Coal Co as a narrow boat (Butty) and is a sister butty to ‘Raymond’
She worked as a coal carrier
She was bought by Blue Line Carriers and later sold to the Wyvern Shipping Co
She was one of the early hire boats converted to a Holiday Cruiser
She was fitted with a Lister SR3 Diesel Engine
Sold to the Holman Family who lived on her
She sank in the Nottingham area after the bow was rebuilt By John Whalley
She was refloated and moved to the Bridgewater Canal at Runcorn, Cheshire.
She was worked on by Rucorn
Sold to the present owner
She was dry-docked at Enfield Dry dock
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