Certificate no 989
Status Registered


Function Cargo Vessel
Subfunction Lighter
Location Abingdon
Vessel type Humber Keel
Current use Ongoing conservation
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Watson, J S (Gainsborough) Ltd, Gainsborough
Built in 1914
Hull material Steel
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 0
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Inboard
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
17.08 feet (5.21 m)
6.89 feet (2.10 m)
Length: Overall
91.93 feet (28.04 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


BUSTARDTHORPE is a steel lighter built in 1914 by J. S. Watson of Gainsborough. She was based on the River Humber and traded throughout all the Humber ports and as far inland as Nottingham, Leeds and York. Her main trade was from Hull to York with cocoa beans for Rowntrees. She was owned by David Hornshaw of Goole from 1969 to 1991 and, at the time of purchase, she was powered by a Lister JP6 engine; this was replaced in 1988 by a Gardner 6LXB. In 1991, she was sold to Colt Industrial Services of Hull and converted to a tanker for recovering slops and waste oil from sea going vessels using the Humber ports. Having retired from a busy working life, she is now based on the Thames at Abingdon.

Key dates

  • 1914

    Built by J S Watson

  • 1991

    Sold and converted to a tanker

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