Certificate no 2017
Status Registered


Function Cargo Vessel
Subfunction Narrow Boat
Location Braunston
Vessel type Butty
Current use None
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Nurser Brothers, Braunston
Built in 1951
Hull material Wood
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 0
Propulsion Towed
Primary engine type None
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
7.00 feet (2.14 m)
3.00 feet (0.92 m)
Length: Overall
72.00 feet (21.96 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed



Now in new owners hands, and the subject of a rescue and reconstruction project. After careful recording, she will be rebuilt plank by plank in Braunston, her birthplace. She was lifted on a custom made steel frame in May 2009. Timber for her reconstruction is now being sourced. LUCY is currently located at Tess Wharf, Braunston. Built in 1953 by Nursers of Braunston, LUCY is a narrowboat butty. The original owner was Sir John Knill who operated a fleet of working narrowboats, and LUCY was a towed vessel. She was sold to Samuel Barlows in 1955 and subsequently to Blue Line. LUCY is the last unconverted nurser butty left, she is closely connected with Sir John Knill, one of the founders of the Inland Waterways Association. She was one of the last regular long distance carrying boats.


  • Financial year April

    A Sustainability Grant of £1,150 towards restoration work made from the Strategic Development Fund of National Historic Ships

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