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Narrowboat 62ft Historic Vessel

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Boat REF# 140712
Sold / Unavailable
LOA 18.90m (62'0")
Year 1929
Construction Steel
Underwater profile Full-displacement
Berths 7
Engine 1 x Diesel 30hp, Gardner 3L2 (1945)
Lying Milton Keynes


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Extra Details

Designer Crichton and Co
Builder Crichton and Co
Lying Milton Keynes
Fuel capacity 454.5 ltr (100.0 G) Total - 1 Tanks
Water capacity 909.1 ltr (200.0 G) Total - 1 Tanks
Holding tank capacity 163.6 ltr (36.0 G) Total - 1 Tanks
Last survey 03/04/2011


Engine 1 x Diesel 30hp
Engine make and model Gardner 3L2 (1945)
Engine Hours Not Recorded
Engine Cooled Indirect
Steering Tiller
Drive Shaft
Prop(s) 24 inch
Fuel consumption (approx) Not Recorded

Gardner engine and gearbox

240 throughout as well as 12v

500 watt inverter


LOA 18.90m (62'0")
Beam 2.08m (6'10")
Draft Min 0.90m (2'11")
Draft Max 1.10m (3'7")
Headroom 1.88m (6'2")
Storage On mooring

Electrical Systems

3 batteries charged by: engine


10% discount on marine flooring
Construction Steel
Underwater profile Full-displacement
Finish Bitumen finish

Spade is a historic narrowboat.originally built in 1929 with a riveted iron hull and an elm bottom. She was an open, horse-drawn, butty.

In the 1980's she had the base replaced with 10mm steel, the superstructure added and was shortened from 70ft to 62ft. She was fitted with a 1945 Vintage Gardner engine.

She has good sized windows and two side hatches in the living space and another two in the engine room, which is full height.

The paintwork is in need of attention, particularly the traditional scumbling which has deteriorated. The paintwork is, however, still good enough to protect the boat.

The hull was blacked last year.


Total # of berths 7
No. of double berths 3
No. of single berths 1
Cabin(s) 3
Handbasin 1
Shower 1
Heads 1 heads (Manual)
Cooker tick
Grill tick
Oven tick
Fridge tick
Carpet tick
Curtains tick
Cabin heating tick
Pressurised water system tick
Hot water system tick
Non-Smokers tick

Entering through the side hatch and going forward, there is a well fitted kitchen with hob, eye level oven and a fridge.There is plenty of storage and work top space.

Forward of this is a large living area with a raised dinette, and room for chairs or sofas. There is an enamelled solid fuel stove and a bookcase. Double doors to front deck, with security shutters.

Going aft from the side hatch, there is a lobby with a wardrobe and a bedroom with fixed double.

There is a bathroom with hip-bath, shower, toilet and basin.

Next comes the full height engine room with the magnificent Gardner engine and two side hatches.

Aft of this is a traditional boatman's cabin with a small pull down double bed concealed in a cupboard, plus a further small single. There is a beautiful boatman's stove and the cabin is traditionally painted.

There are traditional roses and castles throughout the boat and a variety of painted canalware items personalised to the boat.

Heating is vial an Aldi gas boiler and 4 radiators as well as the two stoves. Hot water is provided by the Aldi and an engine calorifier.

4 burner cooker

Safety Equipment

Searchlight tick
Horn tick

1 bilge pumps (0 manual / 1 Electric)

BSS Cert to April 2015

Broker's Comments

Here is the dream of any canal enthusiast, a stunning historic canal boat with a comfortable living area, a superb Gardner engine and a traditional boatman's cabin.

Built in 1929 by Crichton & Co. at Salteney on the river Dee near Chester, Spade was one of four 70ft, iron-sided, elm-bottomed butties ordered by Midlands & Coast Canal Carriers Ltd. One of the boats was named Diamond; the other two were either Apollo and Star or, Ace and Club (records and memories differ).
M.& C.C.C.Co. was formed in 1922 and based at Broad St. wharf, Wolverhampton, until they were taken over by Fellows Morton and Clayton in 1939.
Spade was probably horse drawn throughout its working life. It had a small forecabin in addition to the boatman’s cabin at the back. It is believed to have been worked mainly on the Shropshire Union Canal ( The Shroppie) by one family who raised six children on the boat during the course of their travels. It was eventually sold into private hands in the early 1940's and converted for pleasure use.

The name was changed to Jeanie by an ex-boatman named Fred Parker. He was a well known character on the canals of the north-west, and lived and travelled on the boat for about 20 years. John Waynham of Catherine-le-Barnes bought it in the late 1980!s and converted it to its present design, with steelwork executed by Dave Harris of Stone. The elm bottom was replaced with 10mm thick steel, the length shortened to 62ft. and a new back-end and fully insulated 4mm steel cabin top fitted. The Boatmans cabin is fitted out and decorated in traditional style; the 24" prop, is driven via an offset shaft by a Gardner 3L2 (three cylinder) diesel engine of 1945 vintage, with speedwheel and wheel-operated gearchange.

The original name and Co. livery was restored and subsequently repainted by Warwickshire Flyboat Co.

A real enthusiasts narrowboat which would be great as a live-aboard, holiday boat or a grand hobby.

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

This Narrowboat 62ft Historic Vessel has been personally photographed and viewed by Phil Bassett of Boatshed Grand Union. Click here for contact details.
The particulars herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but are not guaranteed as accurate. They shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel. The prospective purchaser is recommended to independently check the particulars. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. Personal property is excluded from the sale of the vessel unless specifically included in the listing specifications above or in a Purchase Contract. Personal property may be equipment or gear not permanently attached to the vessel including but not limited to: artwork, entertainment equipment, fishing equipment, TV receivers, recreational equipment, kayaks, tools, and personal appliances. Photos that may incidentally depict owners' personal property do not convey that such items are included in the sale of the vessel unless specifically listed herein.

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