Certificate no 2073
Status Registered


Function Cargo Vessel
Subfunction Narrow Boat
Location Birmingham
Vessel type Tug
Current use Museum based
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required Yes


Builder Yarwood, W J & Sons Ltd, Northwich
Built in 1951
Hull material Steel
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Inboard diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
6.80 feet (2.07 m)
3.00 feet (0.92 m)
Length: Overall
42.00 feet (12.81 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


Built in 1951 by W J Yarwood of Northwich, NANSEN II is a narrowbeam tug of steel plate construction with a Lister HA3 diesel engine. She is one of very few vessels commissioned by the Docks & Inland Waterways Executive and is possibly the only purpose built canal tug. She was built to haul trains of day boats from the colliery basins to factories in the Birmingham Canal Navigations and was also used as an icebreaker in the worst winter weather.

When she was required to work on the Wyrley and Essington Canal, in the Black Country, the wheelhouse was removed due to the low bridges and a conventional rudder and tiller was fitted. She was later based at British Waterways' regional workshop at Bradley and passed to the British Waterways Working Boat Project in 1999.

NANSEN II was never used as a live aboard home, but is fitted with a day cabin to act as a base for the steerers of the baots towed behind and her crew. Much of her work was towing maintenance craft and she also acted as a base for their operations.

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