Previous names

  • 1960 Drake
Certificate no 2341
Status Archived


Function Cargo Vessel
Subfunction Narrow Boat
Location Tring
Vessel type Butty
Archive reason More information required
Current use Ongoing conservation
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required Yes


Builder Walker, W H & Brothers, Rickmansworth
Built in 1937
Hull material Wood
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts
Propulsion Towed
Primary engine type None
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
6.90 feet (2.10 m)
Length: Overall
72.00 feet (21.96 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


TAUNTON is a towed narrowboat of timber construction, oak and elm. She was built by Walkers Brothers of Rickmansworth in 1937 for the Grand Union Canal Carrying Company and paired with TARPORLEY. She was bought by Willow Wren in 1960 and renamed DRAKE. She was then used as a houseboat until 2009, when she was bought by her present owner who re-caulked and blacked her in September 2009. Further restoration was proceeding at time of registration in 2010.

Since then, it's been reported the vessel was taken under the ownership of the Canal River Trust and is in a poor state at Bates Boatyard in Tring, Hertfordshire.

Although this vessel has been disposed,we are lacking information in order to update her record. If you have any past information, please contact us.


Key dates

  • 1937

    Narrow boat built by Walker Bros. for the GUCCC and  paired with Tarporley

  • 1960

    Bought by Willow Wren and named DRAKE

  • 2009

    Found as sunken hull and bought by Hannah Driscoll with intention of full restoration

  • 2013

    Vessel sold to new owner

  • 2014

    Vessel found sunk and derelict with bow split open on River Lee at Hackney Marshes

  • 2015?

    Vessel broken up and removed by Canal and River Trust

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