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.
Narrow boat built by Walker Bros. for the GUCCC and paired with Tarporley
Bought by Willow Wren and named DRAKE
Found as sunken hull and bought by Hannah Driscoll with intention of full restoration
Vessel sold to new owner
Vessel found sunk and derelict with bow split open on River Lee at Hackney Marshes
Vessel broken up and removed by Canal and River Trust
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