Certificate no 2393
Status Registered
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Details

Function Cargo Vessel
Subfunction Narrow Boat
Location Chesterfield Canal
Current use Ongoing conservation
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No

Construction

Builder Yarwood, W J & Sons Ltd, Northwich
Built in 1929
Hull material Steel
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 0
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Inboard diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None

Dimensions

Breadth: Beam
6.75 feet (2.06 m)
Depth
3.25 feet (0.99 m)
Length: Overall
53.00 feet (16.17 m)
Tonnage: Gross
0.00
Air Draft
To be confirmed

History

PYTHON was built in September 1929 by W J Yarwoods & Son.  She was used as a carrier in the Fellows Morton & Clayton fleet until 1949 when she was sold to the British Transport Commission and passed into the South Eastern Division carrying fleet.  In 1960 she had a new engine and a major overhaul and in 1974 became part of British Waterways' maintenance fleet.  She was shortened in 1982.  She is built on the same works number as PANTHER, which is not known to have happened before.  PYTHON also used to be the motor to FAZELEY, which is now fully restored.  PYTHON is currently decked out as a tug and repainted in British Waterways' blue and yellow colours.  PYTHON was handed over to the Chesterfield Canal Trust in 2009 who have a team of volunteers dedicated to ensuring her care and maintenance as a promotional vessel for the work of the Trust.

Key dates

  • 1929 Vessel built by W J Yarwoods & Son
  • 1949 Vessel sold to the British Transport Commission and passed into South Eastern Division carrying fleet
  • 1974 Vessel joined British Waterways' maintenance fleet.
  • 2009

    Custodianship changed to the Chesterfield Canal Trust

Grants

  • February 2015

    A grant was awarded by Inland Waterways Assocation to the Trust for £15,000

  • January 2015

    A Sustainability Award of £1000 towards the costs remedial works, made from the Strategic Development Fund of National Historic Ships UK

  • January 2014

    A Sustainability Award of £1000 towards the costs remedial works, made from the Strategic Development Fund of National Historic Ships UK. Source: National Historic Ships UK This was later withdrawn and a submitted again

Own this vessel?

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