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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