ARABIA is a narrow boat of iron riveted construction built by FMC in1907 and is powered by an Armstrong Siddely AS2 diesel engine. Originally a horse drawn boat and owned by Fellows Morton & Clayton.British Transport Waterways shortened the boat and converted it to a 46ft hire cruiser WATER ARABIS in 1956. It is believed it was the first former trading craft to be so treated by BTW. British Waterways Board was not formed until 1963. The vessel was then sold to a private owner who modified it as a pleasure craft.ans fitted the present engine. The present owners have since lengthened the boat to 57 ft.
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Built by FMC
Motorised with a Bolinger engine
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