Alder

built 1931 by Yarwood, W J & Sons Ltd, Northwich

Designated ensign Designated house flag

1417

Registered


Cargo Vessel

Barge


Ellesmere Port


Private use

Private Use


No

No


04/03/1999

07/04/2009




Propulsion

Motor

Diesel


1939

None


None


Dimensions

To be confirmed

6.98 feet (2.13 metres)


56.95 feet (17.37 metres)

2.98 feet (0.91 metres)


0.00


History

ALDER was commissioned by Fellows Morton & Clayton Ltd. and built in 1931 by W.J. Yarwood & Sons Ltd. at Northwich, Cheshire. Her original engine was a fifteen horsepower Bolinder semi diesel, but she currently has a nineteen horsepower Gardner engine installed which previously belonged to the narrow boat tug FRED. She has a coppered steel hull, with iron frames and a steel bottom that was originally made of elm. Her initial length was seventy-one feet, but she was shortened to fifty-seven feet in the 1960s. She operated as fleet number eighty and was based at Anderton, Cheshire, as part of the Northern Fleet. Between 1949 and 1990, ALDER worked for British Waterways as a maintenance craft. In 1990, she was bought by the present owner and fully restored to 1931 condition and her original red and green livery. She has the correct period back cabin and engine room and is moored at Ellesmere, Cheshire.

Key dates

  1. 1931

    Built by Yarwoods of Northwich for Fellows Morton & Clayton

  2. 1949/1990

    Served as British Waterways maintenance boat

  3. 1990

    Bought by present owner and restored to original condition

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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