Certificate no 612
Status Registered


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


Builder Fellows, Morton & Clayton, Saltley Dock
Built in 1898
Hull material Iron
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts
Propulsion Towed
Primary engine type None
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
7.25 feet (2.21 m)
Length: Overall
71.28 feet (21.74 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


Built in 1898 at Saltley, Birmingham for Fellows Morton and Clayton, NORTHWICH is a horse drawn narrowboat. Taken over by the newly formed British Waterways Board in 1949, she was withdrawn from service in 1963 and put on display at the Waterways Museum at Stoke Bruerne. Having been identified as one of the oldest vessels on Britain’s canal system, she was initially displayed afloat, restored to her original colour scheme. In 1973 she had a refit which included completely replacing her bottom, again with elm boarding. In 1980, she had a rebuild which included rebottoming her with steel plate and much work on her superstructure with the object of reducing maintenance Thereafter she toured the canal system as a roving exhibit, spending time on loan to The Boat Museum, Ellesmere Port and the Black Country Museum. She is now based in Gloucester.


Northwich leaflet, British Waterways Board, 1980
Brouwer, Norman J, International Register of Historic Ships, Anthony Nelson, Edition 2, 1993   
Sullivan, Dick, Old Ships, Boats and Maritime Museums, Coracle Books, 1978

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