Certificate no 682
Status Archived


Function Passenger Vessel
Subfunction Launch
Location NONE
Vessel type Saloon Launch
Archive reason Disposed
Current use None
Available to hire No
Available for excursions Yes
Info required No


Builder Bathurst, C, Tewkesbury
Built in 1905
Hull material Wood
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts
Propulsion Steam
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Steam triple expansion
Boiler type Scotch Return Tube
Boilermaker Unknown


Breadth: Beam
12.98 feet (3.96 m)
3.41 feet (1.04 m)
Length: Overall
70.95 feet (21.64 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


KING was built and launched in 1905 and was in service for Bathurst, the building firm, on Avon, Severn and Sharpness/Gloucester Canal. During the Great War in scheduled service with light deck cargo, she was used mostly for pleasure trips until 1958, then sold to Bristol, where despite determined efforts to overwhelm her with plywood and GRP, she was discovered and rescued.  She was later broken up in Stratfod Upon Avon after rot was found in the hull.and the engine was sold separately.

Although this vessel has been disposed,we are lacking information in order to update her record. If you have any past information, please contact us.


Jeremiah, Josephine, Along the Avon from Stratford to Twekesbury, Alan Sutton Ltd, 1994
Weaver, C P & Weaver, C R, Steam on Canals, David and Charles, 1987
Classic Boat: One Day steamboat King will be a real lady, January 2002

Key dates

  • 1905

    Built and launched for use by Bathurst, builders, on Avon, Severn and Sharpness/Gloucester Canal

  • 1914-18

    During First World War in scheduled service with light deck cargo

  • 1918-1958

    Used mostly for pleasure trips

  • 1958

    Sold to pivate owner in Bristol for conversion to houseboat

  • 1970s?

     Rescued having been found in poor condition in Bristol

  • 1990s?

    Broken up in Stratfod Upon Avon after rot was found in hull. Engine was sold separately

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