Registration number 449
Status National Historic Fleet


Function Cargo Vessel
Subfunction Narrow Boat
Location Ellesmere Port
Vessel type Horse Drawn
Current use Museum based
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required Yes


Builder Sephtons, Sutton Stop, Coventry
Built in 1925
Hull material Wood
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Propulsion Towed
Primary engine type None
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
6.98 feet (2.13m)
12.30 feet (3.75m)
Length: Overall
71.44 feet (21.79m)
Tonnage: Gross


An unconverted horse drawn boat, FRIENDSHIP was built in 1925 by Sephtons of Sutton, Coventry, for Joe and Rose Skinner who lived and worked on her until 1959. They mainly carried coal from the East Midlands to destinations on the Oxford Canal; for about twenty years to the Morris radiator works at Oxford; and then until their retirement to the Dairy at Banbury. Joe was a lover of animals and was not interested in having his boat motorised. She has been on display in the Boat Museum (not the National Waterways Museum) at Ellesmere Port since 1981, where she is under cover with one side opened for display.

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Key dates

  • 1925

    Vessel built by Sephtons of Sutton, Coventry

  • 1959

    Vessel retired from her working life carrying coal from East Midlands

  • 1981

    Displayed at the Boat Museum, Ellesmere Port


Brouwer, Norman J, International Register of Historic Ships, Anthony Nelson, pp150, Edition 2, 1993  
Sullivan, Dick, Old Ships, Boats and Maritime Museums, Coracle Books, 1978
The Boat Museum, The Boat Museum

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