Blacksmith

Lighter built 1961 by Cook, James W, Wivenhoe

Designated ensign Designated house flag

2737

Registered


Cargo Vessel

Lighter


Lighter

Colchester


Ongoing conservation


No

No


11/10/2013

25/02/2014



Gallery


Propulsion

Motor

Diesel


1972

None


Dimensions

10.00 feet (3.05 metres)

18.00 feet (5.49 metres)


74.00 feet (22.56 metres)

2.00 feet (0.61 metres)


0.00


History

BLACKSMITH is a lighter of steel construction built by Cooks Shipyard in Wivenhoe in 1961.  The present owner raised the vessel from the river bed in 2010 following its sinking due to a burst water pipe.Since then it has been stripped back to bare steel and substantially restored it to make it habitable  A new wheelhouse was built between April 2011 and April 2013.  It is believed that the vessel is one of the last three of its type built at Cooks Shipyard at Wivenhoe.

Key dates

  1. 1961

    Built by Cooks Boatyard at Wivenhoe

  2. 2010

    Raised from the river bed

  3. 2011/2013

    Substantial restoration and new wheelhouse fitted. New engine and hydraulics fitted

If you are the owner of the vessel and would like to provide more details or updated information please contact info@nationalhistoricships.org.uk

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