Certificate no 2267
Status Registered


Function Cargo Vessel
Subfunction Barge
Location York
Vessel type Lincolnshire Keel
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Watson, J S (Gainsborough) Ltd, Gainsborough
Built in 1904
Hull material Iron
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
15.80 feet (4.82 m)
6.00 feet (1.83 m)
Length: Overall
75.30 feet (22.97 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


GRINGLEY was built as a working barge by J S Watson of Gainsborough and is one of only 3 remaining Lincoln Keels in the country. She was initially owned by Furely & Co. Limited of Kingston upon Hull and used as a cargo carrier. She was converted to a houseboat in the 1970s when a curved steel roof was fitted and a line of portholes set along the sides of the roof. She has had significant internal alterations. There have been two holes cut in the roof for skylights and three portholes fitted in the hull. The present owners bought her in 2008 and undertook a full survey on the hull and she was described as in good condition. Ongoing body work is needed to prevent further corrosion GRINGLEY has significant historical value in the area in relation to her working past, having worked on the Humber estuary for 70 years.

Key dates

  • 1904

    Built by G S Watson in Gainsborough as a Barge used by Furely & Co, she was based at Princes Dock in Kingston-upon- Hull

  • 1974

    Converted to a house boat

  • 2008

    Acquired by present owners

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