Certificate no 2068
Status Registered


Function Service Vessel
Subfunction Hopper/dredger
Location Morcombe
Vessel type Motor Grab Dredger
Current use Museum based
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required Yes


Builder Yarwood, W J & Sons Ltd, Northwich
Built in 1954
Hull material
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Inboard
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
14.50 feet (4.42 m)
6.00 feet (1.83 m)
Length: Overall
48.00 feet (14.64 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


Grab Dredger GD 101 was built for the Manchester Ship Canal Company in 1954 for use on the Bridgewater Canal. She has a punted bow and stern with abrupt angular plate shaping consistent with a craft built to a restricted budget. GD 101 is unusual because she is self-contained. She has a small hoppered hold forward of the crane, plus the grab equipment (most grab dredgers are a dredger alone and the spoil is loaded into other hoppered barges for removal). With GD 101's arrangement, localised spot dredging could be carried out without the need of a fleet of craft. GD 101 was donated by the Manchester Ship Canal Company to the Boat Museum, Ellesmere Port in 1983. Since then GD 101 has been restored to working order and is occasionally demonstrated.

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Key dates

  • 1954

    Built by W. J Yarwoods in Northwich as a Dredger for the Manchester Canal Co for use on the Bridgewater Canal

  • 1983

    Donated by the Manchester Canal Co to Boat Museum, Ellesmere Port where she has been fully restored to working order

  • 2015

    She is in full working order in the Boat Museum, Ellesmere Port

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