Certificate no 2938
Status Archived


Function Service Vessel
Subfunction Hopper/dredger
Location Kennet and Avon Canal
Vessel type Hopper Barge
Archive reason More information required
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Unknown
Built in 1960
Hull material Iron
Rig Unknown
Number of decks
Number of masts
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type Unknown
Boilermaker Unknown


Length: Overall
52.00 feet (15.85 m)
Breadth: Beam
11.75 feet (3.58 m)
Tonnage: Gross



One of twelve Hoppers commissioned by BW in 1960, all of different sizes. Some have since been scrapped or their whereabouts unknown. As a working vessel for the British Waterways, she was been marked on the bow sides with a fleet number which is 80285.

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DOLPHIN is a former British Waterways powered hopper, believed to have been built in 1960 by Camplings, Goole. What is believed to be DOLPHIN's British Waterways fleet number, 80285, is marked on the bow sides of DOLPHIN. In 2004, she ceased to work and was sold at auction. C.2011, she was converted into a houseboat and is currently in a well maintained condition.

It is believed that twelve powered Hoppers were commissioned by BW in 1960. Six of these vessels were given astrological names including SUN, URANUS, and MARS. The other six were given marine names including WHALE, SEAL, SHARK and DOLPHIN. The vessels were not all the same size, due to the differences between the waterways where they were destined to work. It is understood that some of these vessels have been scrapped, though SUN is now at the Beverley Barge Preservation Society and SEAL was last seen at Hebden Bridge in a poor condition. The whereabouts of the other vessels are unknown.  

Key dates

  • 2004

    Stopped working and sold at auction.

  • 2011

    Converted into a houseboat circa 2011.

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