Hargreaves barge NO5 was built by Dunstons of Thorne in 1958 to carry coal to Ferrybridge B power station. NO5 retained its original 42HP JP3 engine and worked on its own until the late 1980s as the last one of the fleet to be still operated.
Hargreaves barge NO5 was built by Dunstons of Thorne in 1958 to carry coal to Ferrybridge B power station. There were 15 barges of the same specification built for this job all were built as dumb barges but with the capacity to receive an engine when the company changed from tug hauled dumb craft to self propelled vessels which happened to NO5 in the mid 1960s with the installation of the Lister JP3. In the 1980s they chose to remove the engines from some of their craft and fit more powerful units to four of the others enabling them to work as push tug pairs. NO5 however was the only one of the fleet to retain its original 42HP JP3 engine and worked on its own until the late 1980s as the last one of the fleet to be still operated.
The barge has undergone overplating work to the base plate in 2006 and the turn of the bilge in the early 1980s the original JP3 engine has been overhauled and re-built with a new crankshaft pistons and cylinder liners in 2007. The present houseboat conversion began in 2005 with sheeting over the hold in steel to the tops of the original coamings so as to retain the original lines of the barge when it was working.
Built by Sunstons of Thorne for Hargreaves.
Fitted with Lister JP3
Finished work carrying coal fo Hargreaves to Ferrybridge B power station
Sold to Wakefield Wharf
Sold to present owner for conversion to a houseboat
Converted to houseboat
Hull repairs carried out to baseplate at John Harkers Slipway in Knottingley
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