Certificate no 2100
Status Registered


Function Service Vessel
Subfunction Hopper/dredger
Location Weston
Vessel type Hand operated spoon dredger
Current use Ongoing conservation
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Birmingham Canal Navigations Company, Birmingham
Built in 1873
Hull material Iron
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 0
Propulsion Manpower
Primary engine type None
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
7.00 feet (2.14 m)
1.25 feet (0.38 m)
Length: Overall
70.00 feet (21.35 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed



Built 1873 by Birmingham Canal Company, a hand operated spoon dredger of riveted iron construction; she now has a welded steel bottom and has always been manually propelled. After a long life as a Birmingham Canal Navigation maintenance vessel she finally came out of service in 1985 and is now the sole survivor of 4 maintenace boats built for the BCN. The present owner, a retired BCN boat builder, is undertaking a full restoration to working condition and plans to loan her to the Black Country Museum as an educational facility as well as a working display vessel.

Key dates

  • 1873

    Built by Birmingham Canal Navigation Company

  • 1985

    Retired from active work on canals

  • 2009

    Vessel in care of Black Country Living Museum and on public display

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