Previous names

  • 1926 Mercury
Certificate no 3649
Status Registered


Function Cargo Vessel
Subfunction Narrow Boat
Location Harefield
Vessel type Horse Drawn
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Yarwood, W J & Sons Ltd, Northwich
Built in 1925
Hull material Iron
Number of decks
Number of masts
Propulsion Towed
Primary engine type None
Boiler type
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
0.92 feet (0.28 m)
2.00 feet (0.61 m)
Air Draft
6.00 feet (1.83 m)
Length: Overall
70.50 feet (21.49 m)
Tonnage: Gross


Built for Midlands and Coast, the hull style was copied from the Fellows, Morton, and Clayton (Josher) boats previously built by Yarwoods. Built with a forecabin, it was health registered at Wolverhampton, allocated number 1120 in 13/06/1926. 01/07/1926 – gauged by Birmingham Canal Navigation Co. at Tipton, allocated number 1173 1/07/1938 - Sold to FMC along with the rest of the Midlands and Coast Fleet. 08/1943 - Sold to Samuel Barlow Coal Company Ltd, Birmingham. 1970 - 1988 Foxton Boat Services as a camper paried with OWL. 1988 to 1989 – MERCURY sold to Marjorie Calvin for use as a horse drawn trip boat on the western end of the Kennet and Avon Canal. Converted to live aboard, and is still converted 'under cloth'.

Key dates

  • 1926-02-26 Probably launch date, handed over to Midland and Coast.
  • 1926-06-13 Health Registration, Wolverhampton 1120
  • 1938-07-01 Sold to FMC
  • 1943-08-01 sold to Samuel Barlow Coal Company Ltd., Birmingham.

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