Certificate no 451
Status National Historic Fleet


Function Cargo Vessel
Subfunction Barge
Location Morcombe
Vessel type Leeds & Liverpool Shortboat
Current use Museum based
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required Yes


Builder Wigan Coal & Iron Co, New Springs, Wigan
Built in 1910
Hull material Wood
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
12.98 feet (3.96 m)
3.74 feet (1.14 m)
Length: Overall
61.97 feet (18.90 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


GEORGE is one of the very few surviving examples of the more common Leeds and Liverpool Short Boat.  She has a transom stern, is unpowered and was used for bulk cargoes particularly coal.  She was built for the Wigan Coal and Iron Co. in 1910 and traded until the 1970s.  After passing into the service of the National Coal Board in 1950, she was acquired by the Boat Museum in 1972 and was rebuilt in 1984/5.  In 2007, she was floating in the Museum and was in need of some restoration.

We are currently seeking further information on this National Historic Fleet vessel. If you have any details about this vessel past or present, please contact us.


E P Tomlinson, Britain's Canal and Rivercraft
D J Smith, Discovering Craft on the Inland Waterways
Norman J Brouwer, International Register of Historic Ships (Edition 2, 1993, pp151) pub: Anthony Nelson
Mike Stammers, Mersey Flats and Flatmen
Dick Sullivan, Old Ships, Boats and Maritime Museums (1978) pub: Coracle Books
P J G Ransom, The Archaeology of Canals
The Boat Museum pub: The Boat Museum

Key dates

  • 1910

    Vessel built by Wigan Coal & Iron Co., New Springs, Wigan

  • 1950

    Passed into the service of the National Coal Board

  • 1972

    Acquired by the Boat Museum, Ellesmere Port

  • 1984-5


  • 2007

    Floating exhibit


  • 2012-2013

    The Heritage Lottery Fund awarded £147,300 for completion of the restoration project for Mossdale and George

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