Certificate no 352
Status Registered


Function Cargo Vessel
Subfunction Barge
Location Stourbridge
Current use Commercial Activity
Available to hire Yes
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Harris Brothers, Netherton
Built in 1948
Hull material Steel
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 0
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
7.00 feet (2.14 m)
2.50 feet (0.76 m)
Length: Overall
70.00 feet (21.35 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


Built in 1948 by Harris Brothers, Netherton for Stewarts & Lloyds of Halesowen, the BLACK COUNTRYMAN is a barge narrowboat. Originally unpowered, she now has a 32 bhp Lister diesel engine. She is believed to be the last full length boat made from riveted plate in the Black Country. After service as a maintenance craft for British Waterways she was converted for passenger use at the Stoke-on-Trent National Garden Festival. She was sold in 1991 and restored. Carrying 55 passengers, she is now based at Stourbridge from where she operates public cruises to Stourton and Kinver.


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

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