Certificate no 660
Status Registered


Function Cargo Vessel
Subfunction Barge
Location Morcombe
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 1925
Hull material Wood
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts
Propulsion Towed
Primary engine type None
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
14.98 feet (4.57 m)
Length: Overall
72.95 feet (22.25 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


Built in 1925 for William Stevens & Sons of Guildford, SPEEDWELL is a Wey barge with a hull of oak frames, oak planking and a pitch pine deck. The barge was towed and its principal traffic was carrying grain from London docks to mills on the River Wey. This trade came to an end in 1969 when grain imports moved from the London docks to Tilbury. Subsequently she was bought by Balfour Kilpatrick for use on a pipeline laying contract on the Lower Grand Union Canal until 1980. She was acquired by the Boat Museum, Ellesmere Port in 1982 and is now a floating exhibit at the museum. In 2007, she was reported to still be at Ellesmere Port, but in pretty poor condition, resting in mud in the top basin with an automatic pump left on.


The Boat Museum, The Boat Museum
Brouwer, Norman J, International Register of Historic Ships, Anthony Nelson, Edition 2, 1993   


  • June 2009

    A Sustainability Award of ú1250 for remedial work on the cockpit was made from the Strategic Development Fund of National Historic Ships

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