Certificate no 2115
Status Registered


Function Service Vessel
Subfunction Inspection Launch
Location Penkridge
Vessel type Committee Boat
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Unknown
Built in 1898
Hull material Wood
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
7.00 feet (2.10 m)
2.40 feet (0.79 m)
Length: Overall
70.00 feet (21.35 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
6.50 feet (1.98 m)


LADY HATHERTON was built in 1898 as an inspection launch for the owners of the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal Company and was in use by the company's directors as a horse drawn vessel until the 1930s. She is of timber construction and is now fitted with a Lister SR3 diesel engine. Eventually purchased for private use, she had a new hull in 1964 and new superstructure in about 1985 and now needs replacement parts. She is one of only two such inspection launches on the canal system.

In 1959 she was bought by Robert Smallman for £200 but a dry dock inspection revealed thr hull was rotten  and beyond his financial capacity and he resold the vessel to The National Trust.

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