Certificate no 2320
Status Registered


Function Cargo Vessel
Subfunction Narrow Boat
Location Stone
Vessel type Butty
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Harland & Wolff Ltd, Woolwich
Built in 1935
Hull material Steel
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 0
Propulsion Towed
Primary engine type None
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
7.00 feet (2.14 m)
3.00 feet (0.92 m)
Length: Overall
71.50 feet (21.81 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed



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.

Key dates

  • 1935

    Built by Harland & Woolff, Woolwich

  • 1935/1970

    General cargo carrying

  • 1970s

    Became a trip boat

  • 1980s

    Reverted to cargo carrying

  • 2005

    Carried landscape Artist, Tanya Korat’s art installation Meadow from Bath to London

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