DARBY is a Bristol Tar Barge of steel plate construction and has a Perkins T6354.4 diesel engine. She was built in 1903 by Robert Cock & Sons of Appledore in Devon. Her working life until the late 1960s was as a tar barge in the Bristol and Gloucester area for the Bristol and West Tar Distillery. In 2010, DARBY was being converted to a houseboat, based on the River Yeo in Devon.
Built by R Cock of Appledore, Devon as a Bristol Tar Barge on the Gloucester Canal network.
1903 - C1965
Worked as a Tar Barge in the Bristol and Gloucester area
Taken over by the British Steel Corporation
Put up a creek where she filled with mud
Found by Adam Giffard of Barnstable who started converting her to a Severn Trow to cruise the inland waterways of continental Europe. He became ill and had to sell her uncompleted
Bought by present owners
Being converted to a Houseboat
In use as a houseboat
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