Certificate no 2617
Status Registered


Function Service Vessel
Subfunction Hopper/dredger
Location Goole
Vessel type Mud Hopper
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Watson, J S (Gainsborough) Ltd, Gainsborough
Built in 1960
Hull material
Rig None
Number of decks 2
Number of masts 0
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Inboard diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Length: Overall
60.00 feet (18.29 m)
Breadth: Beam
14.00 feet (4.27 m)
3.00 feet (0.91 m)
Air Draft
9.00 feet (2.74 m)
Tonnage: Gross


SHARK was one of three hoppers built for the British Waterways Board.  They were the first motorised mud hoppers, designed to replace the Tom pudding type, and known as the Mammel Class.  Other small classes, such as the Planets and Stars were subsequently built to service the narrower canals and waterways.  SHARK and her sisters WHALE and GRAMPUS were designed for the larger waterways.

SHARK continued in service with British Waterways until 21 July 1993 when she was sold into private ownership.  Three years later on 20 March 1996, she was purchased by her present owner for restoration and conversion.  The original engine, a Lister HA2, was replaced with a recon unit in 1967.  This in turn was replaced by the current Beta Marine engine in October 2001.

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