Certificate no 2552
Status Registered


Function Cargo Vessel
Subfunction Narrow Boat
Location Awbridge
Vessel type Josher
Current use Commercial Activity
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Yarwood, W J & Sons Ltd, Northwich
Built in 1935
Hull material Iron
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


Breadth: Beam
7.00 feet (2.14 m)
3.00 feet (0.92 m)
Length: Overall
70.50 feet (21.50 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


ROACH was built for Fellows, Morton and Clayton in 1935.  She is one of 18 Fish Class boats. She was passed to the British Transport Company in 1948 and sold by British Waterways in 1985, entering into private ownership. ROACH has never been converted and has been in constant use since 1994 as a coal carrier. She was originally fitted with a 9hp Bollinder engine, then a 15hp Bollinder. British Waterways subsequently fitted her with an Armstrong Siddley AS2, superceded by a Lister HR2. The Lister unit was replaced by her current owner, whose ownership she has been under since 1987, with a similar HR2 unit. ROACH is still in use and is intensively worked carrying full loads across the canal system.

Key dates

  • 1935 Vessel built for Fellows, Morton and Clayton
  • 1948 Vessel passed to British Transport Company
  • 1985 Sold by British Waterways into private ownership

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