Certificate no 659
Status Registered


Function Cargo Vessel
Subfunction Barge
Location Guildford
Vessel type Wey Barge
Current use Museum based
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Stevens, William & Sons, Guildford
Built in 1931
Hull material Wood
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts
Propulsion Unknown
Primary engine type Unknown
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
14.00 feet (4.27 m)
4.10 feet (1.25 m)
Length: Overall
73.00 feet (22.27 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


Built in 1931 for William Stevens & Sons of Guildford, RELIANCE is a barge of oak construction which operated on the Wey Navigations. Little can be told of her working life but it came to an end in 1968 when she was badly damaged in a collision on the River Thames. In 1989 she was lying at Leigh-on-Sea, Essex as a rotting hulk when found by the National Trust who were searching for a surviving example of a Wey Navigations’ barge. They took her to Dapdune Wharf at Guildford (where she was built) and a major restoration was undertaken. She is now exhibited in a dry berth supervised by the National Trust.


National Trust Newsletter: Tales of the Riverbank, Spring 1996

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