Certificate no 2476
Status Registered


Function Cargo Vessel
Subfunction Narrow Boat
Location Aberdeen
Vessel type Tanker
Current use Private use
Available to hire Yes
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Yarwood, W J & Sons Ltd, Northwich
Built in 1946
Hull material Steel
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Inboard diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
7.00 feet (2.14 m)
2.60 feet (0.79 m)
Length: Overall
70.00 feet (21.35 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed



TRENT 5 was built by Yarwoods of Northwich in 1946 (no. 781 on their register) for the Staffordshire Chemical Co. (1917) Ltd. for the purpose of transporting bulk liquid by-products from Shelton Iron and Steel Works.   

In 1960 TRENT 5 was sold into private ownership where the hold was opened to allow use for a wider range of cargoes.  During this time the boat was based on the Erewash Canal and played an important role in the successful battle to prevent the Canal’s abandonment.  The boat retains a traditional rebuilt boatman’s cabin complete with ‘Star’ range, followed by the unchanged engine room.  The hold has been equipped with removable covers both for protection and to restore its appearance as a tanker.

Power is provided by the original and efficient 14 hp. 2 cylinder Lister CEM water cooled engine, for which there are ample spare parts (may be sold separately). This is a first class boat and continues to be used regularly. 

As of 2020, TRENT 5 was reported to be up for sale: contact 0121 354 4242 or tonyphillips@pobroadband.co.uk. 

Key dates

  • 1946 Built by Yarwoods at Northwich. Vessel No. 781 in their register
  • 1960

    Purchased by Mr K J Ebblewhite. Steel tank top removed

  • 1966 Purchased by Mr R McDougall
  • 1992 Purchased by present owner
  • 1998 Hold covered by removable plywood hatch covers
  • June 2018

    Vessel advertised for sale via Historic Narrow Boat Club newsletter 2018/2

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