Certificate no 2419
Status Registered


Function Cargo Vessel
Subfunction Barge
Location Purton
Vessel type Stem Head Ferro Concrete Barge
Current use None
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Wates Building Group Limited, Barrow in Furness
Built in 1941
Hull material Ferro-concrete
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 0
Propulsion Towed
Primary engine type None
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
21.51 feet (6.56 m)
8.20 feet (2.50 m)
Length: Overall
85.25 feet (26.00 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed



FCB 67 is one of thirty nine such vessels built during World War II. These concrete barges were the test beds for the Mulberry Harbour temporary and portable harbour system for the D Day landings. FCB 67 was beached at Purton as part of the River Severn Gloucester and Sharpness canal foreshore strengthening scheme which commenced in 1909. FCB 67 was one of the prefabricated concrete vessels built to aid inland waterway freight during the war years to release wood and metal vessels for military use.

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Registered, built 1941 by Wates Building Group Limited, Barrow in Furness