Certificate no 2696
Status Registered


Function Cargo Vessel
Subfunction Narrow Boat
Location Brewood
Vessel type Middle Northwich Star Class
Current use Ongoing conservation
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Yarwood, W J & Sons Ltd, Northwich
Built in 1936
Hull material Steel
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 0
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Length: Overall
45.00 feet (13.72 m)
Breadth: Beam
7.00 feet (2.13 m)
3.00 feet (0.91 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


TYCHO is a narrow boat of steel on iron construction built by W J Yarwood in 1936. Originally intended for Grand Union Canal Carrying Company use with Butty 373, she was shortened to 45 ft by order of the Ministry of War Transport in 1942. Her length included a 5 ft ice breaking ram.  The vessel served as British Waterways Board maintenance tug for many years and is the only vessel which still retains its ice breaking blade.

Key dates

  • 1936

    Built by W J Yarwood of Northwich

  • 1942

    Shortened to 45 ft by order of the Ministry of War Transport

  • 1958

    Engine refitted at Saltley with Petter PD3M

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