Certificate no 2767
Status Registered


Function Cargo Vessel
Subfunction Narrow Boat
Location Rugby
Vessel type Town Class Large Woolwich
Current use Museum based
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No
Web address www.badsey.co.uk


Builder Harland & Wolff Ltd, Woolwich
Built in 1936
Hull material Steel
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 1
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Length: Overall
71.50 feet (21.79 m)
Breadth: Beam
6.75 feet (2.06 m)
2.75 feet (0.84 m)
Air Draft
4.00 feet (1.22 m)
Tonnage: Gross



BADSEY is a narrow boat of the Large Woolwich class built by Harland & Wolff in 1936. She is a vessel of welded steel construction and has retained her original engine in working condition.

For the duration of the Second World War she delivered Guinness from London to Birmingham. Her outward appearance is generally as original and she is painted in GUCCCo wartime austerity livery

BADSEY had her bottom replaced and was fully restored in 2004. She operates as a museum at Badseys Wharf, Hillmorton, Rugby.

Key dates

  • 1936

    Built by Harland & Wolff at Woolwich

  • 1936

    Operated on London to Birmingham run for the Grand Union Canal Carrying Company throughout Second World War

  • 2004

    Fully restored and bottom replaced

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