Wide Beam 58ft Calder & Hebble Keel Flyboat 150 Year Old British Barge!

A Piece of British History !!
  • Boat REF#  ·  314362
  • Length  ·  17.62m
  • Year  ·  1869
  • Construction  ·  Iron
  • Underwater profile  ·  Full-Displacement
  • Sleeping berths  ·  6
  • Engine  ·  1 x diesel 38hp, Ford 4D (1956)
  • Lying  ·  Bridgewater Canal
Boatshed Lancashire
Boatshed Lancashire
Paul Diffin

Extra Details

Builder A & C N Company of Goole
Lying Bridgewater Canal


Engine 1 x diesel 38hp
Engine make and model Ford 4D (1956)
Engine Hours Not Recorded
Steering tiller
Drive shaft
Prop(s) 3 Blade
Fuel consumption (approx) Not Recorded


Length 17.62m
Beam 4.27m
Draft Min 1.00m
Draft Max 1.00m
Headroom 2.01m
Storage In water

Electrical Systems

12 volt battery, 240 shore power voltage, 5 batteries charged by: engine, shore power, generator


Construction Iron
Underwater profile Full-Displacement
Finish Bitumen finish


Total # of berths 6
No. of double berths 1
No. of single berths 4
Cabin(s) 3
Shower 1

6 burner solid Stove


Cabin heating
Pressurised water system
Hot water system
Washing Machine

6 burner solid Stove

Deck Gear

Cockpit cover
Cockpit Enclosure

Broker's Comments

This historic British Barge is an iron 'Calder and Hebble' Keel that was built in 1869 in Goole, Yorkshire, for the Aire and Calder Navigation Company. She worked in Yorkshire carrying grain and general cargo. Originally she had one central lug sail.

She was brought over to Manchester in the 1950's and used as a store for a painter in Manchester Docks. The present owner bought her in 1976 and converted her into their home. The family have lived aboard since 1989 and have only moved off a couple of years ago. In 1995/6 they crossed the North Sea from Boston, Lincolnshire to Ljmuiden in Holland and explored the waterways of Holland, Belgium and France. You can actually read the story of this journey in 'Snail's Pace' by Gabrielle Lorenz.

She was engined in 1956 and is believed to be Flyboat 27. There is stacks of historical documentation with the boat but due to her Iron Clinker build she will need hull maintenance every few years. The present owner owns a boatyard where she is moored and has always carried out the work but age is catching him up and she needs a new custodian.

These boat details are subject to contract.
Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.

This Wide Beam 58ft Calder & Hebble Keel Flyboat 150 Year Old British Barge! has been personally photographed and viewed by Paul of Boatshed Lancashire. Click here for contact details.

Owners FAQ's

How long have you owned the boat for?

46 years

Why are you selling her?

Time to move on

Where have you sailed her?

Leeds/Liverpool to Holland

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