Registration number 3546
Status Registered

Previous names

  • Hardy


Function Cargo Vessel
Subfunction Narrow Boat
Location Banbury
Vessel type Motor Canal Boat - Tanker
Current use Museum based
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No


Builder Nurser Brothers, Braunston
Built in 1940
Hull material Wood
Number of decks 1
Propulsion Motor
Primary engine type Diesel
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
7.00 feet (2.13m)
2.00 feet (0.61m)
Length: Overall
70.00 feet (21.34m)
Tonnage: Gross


HARDY was built in September 1940 by Nursers in Braunston for the Barlow Coal Company and registered in Daventry as no. 512 for fleet no. 16.  In October that year, she gauged the Oxford Canal no. 5667.  In 1957, the vessel came under fleet no. 31.

In 1962, HARDY was sold to the Blue Line Carriers in Braunston and some time before 1971, she was sold into private ownership and converted to a pleasure boat.

Update, October 2022: Tooley's Boatyard Trust has announced on Facebook that they have received a generous grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to develop a restoration plan for HARDY.

Key dates

  • September 1940

    Vessel built by Nursers in Braunston

  • 1962

    Vessel sold to Blue Line Carriers, Braunston

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