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.
Regional Flagship Winner and awarded £350 from the Strategic Development Fund
A Sustainability Award of £1000 towards a survey and remedial work was made from the Strategic Development Fund of National Historic Ships
The Heritage Lottery Fund awarded £49,900 for refurbishment
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