Bigmere

Dumb Barge built 1948 by Yarwood, W J & Sons Ltd, Northwich

Designated ensign Designated house flag

126

Registered


Cargo Vessel

Barge


Dumb Barge

Ellesmere Port


Museum based

Museum: floating


No

No


09/02/1996

07/04/2009



Gallery


Propulsion

Towed

None


None

None


Dimensions

To be confirmed

14.49 feet (4.42 metres)


72.00 feet (21.96 metres)

6.50 feet (1.98 metres)


59.00


History

Built in 1948 by Yarwoods of Northwich, Cheshire for the Manchester Ship Canal, BIGMERE is a steel barge originally used for the carriage of cargo on the Bridgewater Canal and the Manchester Ship Canal which she did until 1974. Having no means of propulsion, she was towed from place to place. She is now preserved afloat as a museum at Ellesmere Port. She was built to carry grain from Manchester Docks to Kelloggs at Trafford Park. She was in the trade until circa 1974 and was then purchased by L Crampton and used as floating storage at Frodsham.

Norman J Brouwer, International Register of Historic Ships (Edition 2, 1993, pp137) pub: Anthony Nelson
The Boat Museum pub: The Boat Museum

Key dates

  1. 1948

    Built by W J Yarwood of Northwich

  2. 2004

    Restored to original condition and displayed at Ellesmere Port

Bibliography

  1. unknown The Boat Museum
  2. 1993 International Register of Historic Ships - Brouwer, Norman J
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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