Certificate no 2062
Status Registered


Function Cargo Vessel
Subfunction Barge
Location Beverley
Current use Museum based
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Hepworth Shipyard Ltd, Paull
Built in 1949
Hull material Steel
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 1
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Inboard diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
15.75 feet (4.80 m)
6.50 feet (1.98 m)
Length: Overall
61.30 feet (18.70 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed



Built in 1949 by Hepworth at Paull near Hull, SYNTAN is an estuary and inland watercraft of steel construction with a Gardner inboard diesel engine, model 4LW. She was built for Hodgsons, a tannery in Beverley. In 1977, the tannery closed and she was bought by Waddingtons of Swinton and used as a general cargo vessel. From 2000, she has been owned by the Beverley Barge Preservation Society. She is now a fully restored Humber barge still sailing on her traditional routes. Carrying up to 12 passengers, she offers a new generation the chance to get hands on experience of this type of navigation.


  • February 2022

    The Beverley Barge Preservation Society has received a grant of £500 from Hull Maritime's Maritime Community Grant Scheme. The grant will pay for a week-long arts and heritage event to be held aboard Syntan.

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