Certificate no 3476
Status Registered


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


Builder Bantock, Thomas & Co, Wolverhampton
Built in 1893
Hull material Iron
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 0
Propulsion Towed
Primary engine type None
Boiler type


Length: Overall
71.50 feet (21.79 m)
Breadth: Beam
7.08 feet (2.16 m)
1.50 feet (0.46 m)
Air Draft
5.33 feet (1.63 m)
Tonnage: Gross


SUCCESS was built in 1893 by Thomas Bantock as a long distance butty, used on the BCN railway interchange contracts and for long distance cargo haulage. She entered service in 1893 and remained in general use until the early 1950's. In the mid-1950's she ended her commercial use. In 2004 she was purchased by the Canal and River Services. In 2004, her iron bottom was replaced with steel and her wooden cabins were replaced with steel ones. In 2004 her iron knees were replaced as necessary with steel ones. 

Key dates

  • 1893

    Vessel built by Thomas Bantock

  • 1950's

    End of commercial use

  • 2004

    Bought and restored by Ian Braine

  • 2010

    Purchased by current owner and used as floating shop and workshop

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