Certificate no 504
Status Archived


Function Cargo Vessel
Subfunction Lighter
Location NONE
Vessel type Weaver Packet
Archive reason Disposed
Current use None
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Yarwood, W J & Sons Ltd, Northwich
Built in 1948
Hull material Steel
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 1
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
22.10 feet (6.74 m)
6.60 feet (2.01 m)
Length: Overall
102.90 feet (31.38 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


Built in 1948 by Yarwoods of Northwich for ICI Liverpool, WINCHAM is a small motor cargo vessel designed to carry goods in bulk on the west coast of England. She is made of riveted steel, has a diesel engine and is the last of a class of 5 vessels built for ICI. Her working week would encompass 2 or 3 trips with chemical products from the ICI works at Winnington on the River Weaver to Liverpool and Birkenhead for transfer to deep sea vessels. In 1977, she was sold to Bulk Cargo Handling Services Limited whose colours she still carries. In 1983 she was withdrawn from commercial service and purchased by the Wincham Preservation Society Ltd who maintain and operate her from her berth at Canning Dock alongside the Merseyside Maritime Museum. The Society received a grant of £47,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2002 and she was maintained in operating condition.

The vessel was disposed of in 2012.


Brouwer, Norman J, International Register of Historic Ships, Anthony Nelson, pp183, Edition 2, 1993  
Classic Boat: Lottery windfall for Weaver Packet, January 2002

Key dates

  • 1948

    Built by Yarwoods at Northwich for ICI at Liverpool

  • 1977

    Sold by ICI to Bulk Cargo Handling Services Ltd, whose colours she still carries

  • 1983

    Withdrawn from commercial service and purchased by the Wincham Preservation Society. Moored alongside Merseyside Maritime Museum

  • 2002

    Wooden fendering and wasted steelwork around hull replaced and new mask, derrick and rigging fitted

  • 2010

    Cargo handling demonstrations given at Merseyside Maritime Museum

  • 2009

    Disposed of as scrap by WINCHAM Preservation Trust 


  • 2002

    A grant was received from Heritage Lottery Fund for £47,500

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