Certificate no 2919
Status Registered


Function Cargo Vessel
Subfunction Narrow Boat
Location Alvecote
Vessel type Josher
Current use Ongoing conservation
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Fellows, Morton & Clayton, Uxbridge
Built in 1947
Hull material Wood
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 0
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Length: Overall
70.00 feet (21.34 m)
Breadth: Beam
7.00 feet (2.13 m)
3.00 feet (0.91 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


CLEE was the last of three wooden boats built for FMCat a cost of £972 - the other two being Chiltern and Clent. She was one of the new ‘Hill’ class intended to work in the company’s northern fleet based at Wolverhampton. However, these plans were short lived as FMC went into voluntary liquidation in 1948 and The Docks and Inland Waterways Executive purchased all of the companies craft and assets. Clee then moved into the NW division and carried on her operation there until she was sunk and abandoned in the Northernmost of two flashes near Anderton in 1957. There she lay preserved in the salt-rich water until November 1983 when she was refloated. Purchased by the Narrow Boat Heritage Foundation in 2013 she is awaiting restoriation.

Key dates

  • 1947

    Built by Fellows Morton & Clayton

  • 1957

    Sunk and abandoned

  • 2013

    Purchased by current owners for restoration

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