BETELGEUSE is a narrow boat butty of steel construction. She originally had an elm bottom which was replaced by steel in 2002. Built by Harland and Wolff, Woolwich in 1935, she was bought by her present owner as an empty shell and restored to working boat condition. Her original owners were the Grand Union Canal Carrying Company from 1935 to 1948, thereafter the Docks and Inland Waterways Executive and the British Waterways Board, always carrying general cargoes.
In 1960 she passed to the Willow Wren Carrying Company and in the 1970s she was working for A Jones and Stroudwater Carriers in the retail coal trade. A change of use followed when she was known as THE CHESTER PACKET during the 1970s and ran as a trip boat. BETELGEUSE was restored to carrying cargo in 2003 and continues in this role. She has never been shortened or converted to motor power but retains her original form and purpose.
Built by Harland & Woolff, Woolwich
General cargo carrying
Became a trip boat
Reverted to cargo carrying
Carried landscape Artist, Tanya Korat’s art installation Meadow from Bath to London
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