Certificate no 2595
Status Registered


Function Cargo Vessel
Subfunction Narrow Boat
Location Langley Mill
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Hickman, Alfred, Bilston
Built in 1930
Hull material Iron
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 0
Propulsion Unknown
Primary engine type Unknown
Boiler type


Length: Overall
70.50 feet (21.49 m)
Breadth: Beam
7.10 feet (2.16 m)
3.50 feet (1.07 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


BCN 1645 was built to work for Alfred Hickman at the Bilston Ironworks and given the fleet number 32.  She was built as an open hulled iron day boat.  Later, she passed into British Waterways ownership where she is believed to have been given the index number 80393.

In 2012, she had been based in the North West for a few years, and had been re-bottomed, with the work believed to have been done at British Waterways' Bradley workshops.  The centre section of hull had been replaced, again believed to have been done at Bradley around 2001.  At the time of registration, the vessel was located at Langley Mill where she was waiting for extensive works to be completed, as the original gunnels had been removed, and the majority of knees needed replacing.  She also required re-footing.  Once completed, the intention was to pair her with the wooden BCN Keays tug JUDITH ANN.

She was surveyed at Bradley in 2001, by the Leicester University Archaeological society.  Information on this can be found at: www.le.ac.uk/ulas/publications/2001_Ann_Report_projects/british_waterways_boats.html.

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