Registration number 1925
Status Archived


Function Cargo Vessel
Subfunction Narrow Boat
Location London
Vessel type Butty
Archive reason More information required
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No


Builder Nurser Brothers, Braunston
Built in 1957
Hull material Wood
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
7.00 feet (2.14m)
2.90 feet (0.88m)
Length: Overall
72.00 feet (21.96m)


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.

Key dates

  • 1957

    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’

  • 1957-62

    She worked as a coal carrier

  • 1962

    She was bought by Blue Line Carriers and later sold to the Wyvern Shipping Co

  • 1966

    She was one of the early hire boats converted to a Holiday Cruiser

  • 1970

    She was fitted with a Lister SR3 Diesel Engine

  • 1975-77

    Sold to the Holman Family who lived on her

  • 1977

    She sank in the Nottingham area after the bow was rebuilt By John Whalley

  • 1995

    She was refloated and moved to the Bridgewater Canal at Runcorn,  Cheshire.

  • 1990

    She was worked on by Rucorn

  • 2008

    Sold to the present owner

  • 2010

    She was dry-docked at Enfield Dry dock

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