Certificate no 2065
Status Registered


Function Cargo Vessel
Subfunction Narrow Boat
Location Stone
Vessel type Tug
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Harris Brothers, Netherton
Built in 1940
Hull material Iron
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 0
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Inboard diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
6.75 feet (2.06 m)
2.75 feet (0.84 m)
Length: Overall
46.00 feet (14.03 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed



Built in 1940 by Harris Brothers of Netherton, SPITFIRE is a canal tug of iron construction. Her present engine is a Perkins diesel. She was built for Leonard Leigh Limited, a canal haulage firm, based on the Wyrley & Essington Canal and would have towed one or more "joey" boats laden with cargo, typically coal. SPITFIRE was one of four tugs commissioned by the Ministry of War at the outbreak of World War II; all were named after British fighter aircraft. She is currently fitted out as a pleasure boat, but it is the current owner's intention to replace the engine with that of a more appropriate vintage and to rebuild the cabin to reflect the shape of the original.

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