Certificate no 2958
Status Registered


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


Builder Birmingham Canal Navigations Company, Birmingham
Built in 1910
Hull material Iron
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
64.99 feet (19.81 m)
Breadth: Beam
6.82 feet (2.08 m)
2.00 feet (0.61 m)
Tonnage: Gross



One of the few day boats left that used to work the BCN Network. 


Originally, XEBEC was used as an open day boat to carry coal or similar goos around the BCN Network. She resided in Caggy's boatyard, Tipton for over 30 years. Since its original build it now has a cabin fitted and has a front tug deck with an undercloth conversion. Her propulsion is from a Ruston & Hornsby 2 VSH engine believed to have been buil around 1948.

She is featured on the Historic Narrowboats website and was part of the Audlem July 30/31 Historic Narrowboat Show after being spotted by the organisers. 

Key dates

  • 1948

    Vintage Ruston & Hornsby 2 VSH engine installed.

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