Certificate no 346
Status Archived


Function Passenger Vessel
Location Stourport-on-Severn
Vessel type Stourboat Steamer
Archive reason More information required
Current use Commercial Activity
Available to hire Yes
Available for excursions Yes
Info required Yes


Builder Unknown
Built in 1931
Hull material
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Length: Overall
74.95 feet (22.86 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed



THE RIVER KING.......The River King was bought by T.S Townshend and Sons Ltd of Albion Flour Mills, Worcester on the 16th April 1938 and was towed there by sea by The Hull Towing Companys Tug no. 10.The Registration was transferred to Gloucester, and stripped of her superstructure she was used to transport grain along The Worcester Canal.In the late 1950's the engines crankshaft broke and she was laid up for a couple of years until the firm went into voluntary liquidation.Mr Head, owner of The Severn Steam Boat Company of Stourport on Severn, an old established firm, realized the potential of the boat because she was still registered to carry passengers and in 1960, bought her and refitted her out again as a passenger boat complete with new engines and put her to work again with his fleet of Pleasure Craft. The Severn Steam Boat Company was owned for several years by The May Family and was later bought by Tom Moore , where to this day The River King is still carrying passengers on pleasure trips, being hired out for weddings, private parties and funerals


Hamer, Geoffrey, Trip Out 1995/6 - A Guide to the Passenger Boat Services of the British Isles, G P Hamer, 1995

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