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.
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Vessel built by Wigan Coal & Iron Co., New Springs, Wigan
Passed into the service of the National Coal Board
Acquired by the Boat Museum, Ellesmere Port
The Heritage Lottery Fund awarded £147,300 for completion of the restoration project for Mossdale and George
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