Certificate no 2283
Status Registered


Function Cargo Vessel
Subfunction Barge
Location Greenberfield
Vessel type Leeds & Liverpool Shortboat
Current use Community Vessel
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Yarwood, W J & Sons Ltd, Northwich
Built in 1947
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
14.25 feet (4.35 m)
2.75 feet (0.84 m)
Length: Overall
62.00 feet (18.91 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


Built in 1947 by Yarwoods of Northwich, KENNET is a Leeds and Liverpool barge of steel plate construction with a Lister JP3M diesel engine. She was built to carry cargo on the Leeds and Liverpool canal and, from c1960, was used for maintenance of the canal. She was refitted as a heritage exhibition boat in 1986.

In 2007, The Leeds and Liverpool Canal Society took on occasional operation of KENNET on behalf of British Waterways. She is the only Leeds and Liverpool unconverted barge which is capable of travelling along the canal and providing exhibitions and displays about the canal's heritage. In July 2009, she was undergoing restoration. Ownership was transferred to the Leeds and Liverpool Canal Society in March 2011. The Society's aim is to conserve, restore and maintain KENNET enabling her to continue as an Interactive Museum travelling the 127 miles of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal taking heritage and learning to local communities.


  • May 2016

    Regional Flagship Winner and awarded £350 from the Strategic Development Fund

  • January 2011

    A Sustainability Award of £1000 towards a survey and remedial work was made from the Strategic Development Fund of National Historic Ships

  • 2011/12

    The Heritage Lottery Fund awarded £49,900  for refurbishment

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