Certificate no 2810
Status Registered


Function Cargo Vessel
Subfunction Narrow Boat
Location Oxford
Vessel type Butty
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Harris Brothers, Netherton
Built in 1928
Hull material Iron
Rig None
Number of decks 0
Number of masts 0
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Inboard diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Length: Overall
69.50 feet (21.18 m)
Breadth: Beam
6.83 feet (2.08 m)
2.42 feet (0.74 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


MALVERN is a narrow boat butty built in 1928 by W Harris of Netherton for Fellows Morton & Clayton. At the time of her build she was an iron composite fore cabined horse boat.  She was paired with motor DOLPHIN. In November 1942 MALVERN was sold to Samuel Barlow Coal Co. Ltd. She was later sold to a coal contractor, and then passed on to M.E.Braine, coming from Saltley basin.  In 1962 she was sold to Shropshire Union Cruises at Norbury and disused until 1965 when she was sold into private ownership. It was then, it is believed, that she was converted to motor, In 1985 she had a full length cabin conversion and remains in use as a houseboat.

Key dates

  • 1928

    Built by W Harris of Netherton

  • 1942

    sold to Samuel Barlow Coal Co. Ltd

  • 1962

    sold to Shropshire Union Cruises

  • 1965

    sold into private ownership

  • 1985

    Full length cabin conversion for use as a houseboat

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