Certificate no 3490
Status Archived


Function Cargo Vessel
Subfunction Barge
Location Grand Union Canal
Archive reason More information required
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Admiralty, Place Unknown
Built in 1923
Hull material Iron
Rig None
Number of decks
Number of masts
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Length: Overall
49.00 feet (14.94 m)
Breadth: Beam
9.00 feet (2.74 m)
3.17 feet (0.97 m)
Air Draft
6.00 feet (1.83 m)


FRIESLAN is a small dutch motor barge built in 1923 for the purposes of carrying cargo. She was engaged in commercial carrying until 1969. In 1983 the vessel was moved from Holland to Newbury in UK. It was converted for pleasure use, owned and maintained by the Fisher family of Newbury. Sold to the currenr owner in 2015, she is now based on the Grand Union Canal where the thorough and regular maintenance programme continues with the vessel being used for leisure purposes and occasionally visiting gatherings of historic craft.

Key dates

  • 1969

    From 1023 to 1969 she was involved in commercial carrying.

  • 1983

    The vessel was moved from Holland to Newbury in UK and It was converted for pleasure use.

  • 2015

    Acquired from the current owner.

  • 1923

    Frieslan was built.

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