Certificate no 2997
Status Registered
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Details

Function Cargo Vessel
Subfunction Narrow Boat
Location Southam
Vessel type Town Class Large Northwich
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No

Construction

Builder Yarwood, W J & Sons Ltd, Northwich
Built in 1936
Hull material Steel
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Inboard diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None

Dimensions

Length: Overall
57.00 feet (17.37 m)
Breadth: Beam
To be confirmed
Depth
4.75 feet (1.45 m)
Air Draft
6.00 feet (1.83 m)
Tonnage: Gross
20.00

History

Significance

Built in 1936 By W J Yarwod, PADDINGTON was transferred in 1949 to the North Eastern division Docks and Inland Waterways Executive and subsequently shortened by them to 57 feet for use on Huddersfield Broad Canal maintenance. She retains her original (as opposed to reproduction) 1936 riveted back cabin, one of only two of the "Big Northwich" type to do so. Fitted with an air-cooled Lister engine while a maintenance boat. Sold 1988 (picture at time of sale attached) and converted for pleasure use.

Built in 1936 By W J Yarwod, PADDINGTON was transferred in 1949 to the North Eastern division Docks and Inland Waterways Executive and subsequently shortened by them to 57 feet for use on Huddersfield Broad Canal maintenance. She retains her original (as opposed to reproduction) 1936 riveted back cabin, one of only two of the "Big Northwich" type to do so. Fitted with an air-cooled Lister engine while a maintenance boat. Sold 1988 (picture at time of sale attached) and converted for pleasure use.

When sold out of the maintenance fleet in 1988, PADDINGTON was taken to G M Engineering of Great Bridge, West Bromwich, where a full rebuild and restoration took place - rebottoming, partial refooting, repairs to original cabin, riveted where necessary, 28 ft extension cabin fitted, air-cooled Lister engine retained and reinstalled in original engine room - it had been moved into the back cabin. Since then further extensive hull works have been carried out in 2016 including new bottom, part overplated, part renewed; patches let in behind knees in 6 places; patches to engine room sides below water; engine changed from non-original type Lister CS2 (only installed in 1997) to air-cooled Lister HB2, similar type to that fitted by British Waterways when a maintenance boat relaunched in October 6th.

Key dates

  • 1936

    Built by W J Yarwood

  • 1949

    Transferred to North Eastern division, Docks and Inland Waterways Executive 

  • 188

    Sold by British Waterways into private ownership 

  • 2014

    Sold to present owner

  • 2016

    Major repairs and engine change

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