Certificate no 2840
Status Registered


Function Cargo Vessel
Subfunction Narrow Boat
Location Grand Union Canal
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


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


Length: Overall
71.42 feet (21.77 m)
Breadth: Beam
7.08 feet (2.16 m)
3.50 feet (1.07 m)
Air Draft
5.00 feet (1.52 m)
Tonnage: Gross


ABER is a Woolowich class Narrow Boat built by Harland & Wolff at Woolwich in1936 and is a vessel of steel riveted construction with a Russell Newbery diesel engine.

Commissioned by and working for the Grand Union Canal Carrying Company she began cargo carrying duties. After a long career as a carrying boat in about 1963 she became a maintenance boat and later passed through various ownerships until bought by her present owner in 2012.

Key dates

  • 1936

    Built by Harland & Wolff, Woolwich

  • 1963

    Transferred to British Waterways Board as a maintenance vessel

  • 1984

    Extensive repair, replating and new decks

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