Registration number 2790
Status Registered


Function Cargo Vessel
Subfunction Barge
Location Aire & Calder Canal
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No


Builder Harker Ltd, John, Knottingley
Built in 1964
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
132.00 feet (40.23m)
Breadth: Beam
17.50 feet (5.33m)
7.50 feet (2.29m)
Air Draft
11.00 feet (3.35m)
Tonnage: Gross


FREDA CARLESS is a barge of steel construction built by John Harker ofr Knottingley in 1964.The vessel carried various cargoes under the ownership of Flixborough Shipping In the 1970s and was sold for scrap in the 1970s but later sold to Acaster Water Transport and returned to operational service.

Thye vessel was laid up in Goole in 2005 and was sold for preservation in 2009. From her base on the Aire and Calder Navigation the vessel has remained in commissionm and has generated enormous public and commercial interest.

Key dates

  • 1964

    Built by Johjn Harkers, Knottingley

  • 1972

    Vessel lengthened

  • 1970s

    Vessel bought by scrap dealer and then purchased by Acaster Water Transport to return to service

  • 2005

    Vessel laid up in Goole

  • 2009

    Vessel bought for preservation and in commission since

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