Certificate no 2121
Status Registered


Function Service Vessel
Subfunction Icebreaker
Location Tamworth
Vessel type Canal Tug
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Yarwood, W J & Sons Ltd, Northwich
Built in 1932
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
7.00 feet (2.14 m)
3.30 feet (1.01 m)
Length: Overall
45.00 feet (13.73 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed



Built in 1932 by Yarwoods of Northwich for Fellows Morton & Clayton, a narrowboat, converted to an icebreaker/tug in 1961.  Prior to conversion BREAM was a very fast single motor with an extended hold.  The conversion consisted of removal of the hold and fore end and the riveting on of a section of an LMS day boat.

BREAM is one of the few survivors of boats that were specially created from earlier boats at a time when costs of new craft were prohibitive.  Most other short craft created at that time, including the hold and fore end from BREAM have subsequently been converted back to become full length replicas of the original craft.

Key dates

  • 2012

    Vessel took part in the Avenue of Sail, Queen's Diamond Jubilee Pageant on 3 June 2012

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