Certificate no 2738
Status Registered


Function Cargo Vessel
Subfunction Barge
Location Wakefield
Vessel type Sheffield Class
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Dunston, Richard, Thorne
Built in 1938
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


Length: Overall
61.50 feet (18.75 m)
Breadth: Beam
15.50 feet (4.72 m)
7.00 feet (2.13 m)
Air Draft
10.00 feet (3.05 m)
Tonnage: Gross


SHEAF is a Sheffield size motor barge of steel riveted construction and was one of seven motor barges built by Richard Dunston of Thorne in 1938. Originally she was owned by Furleys & Co taking cargo from Hull to destinations further inland. She was bought by Waddingtons of Swinton in 1966 and carried coal to Doncaster power station. The vessel was laid up in Waddingtons yard at Swinton 1981 and was bought by her present owner in 2004.

Extensive restoration has since been carried out, with work on the hull first and and since 2010 work on the inside has continued; the owner wishes to restore her as faithfully as possible to her original state.

Key dates

  • 1938

    Built by Richard Dunston of Thorne

  • 1966

    Bought by Waddington & Co

  • 1981

    Vessel laid up

  • 2004

    Bought by current owner

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