Certificate no 2791
Status Archived


Function Cargo Vessel
Subfunction Narrow Boat
Location Leicestershire
Vessel type Horse Drawn
Archive reason More information required
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required Yes


Builder Fellows, Morton & Clayton, Saltley Dock
Built in 1907
Hull material Iron
Rig None
Number of decks
Number of masts
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Length: Overall
57.00 feet (17.37 m)
Breadth: Beam
7.00 feet (2.13 m)
3.00 feet (0.91 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


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 an fditted the present engine. The present owners have since lengthened the boat to 57 ft.

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Key dates

  • 1907

    Built by FMC

  • 1937

    Motorised with a Bolinger engine

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