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How do I trace the history of my boat?

We have just brought our first narrowboat which is an all steel crusier, built in 1974 by Fernie Fabrications, Market Harborough, Leicestershire. (It was apparently lengthened in the mid 80's by Teddesley Boat Company, Staffordshire).

I am wondering if you could tell me where I could find any information on the company who built it or the boat itself. I am eager to trace its history.

Thank you


Asked by: Ann   | 12.19am, Friday 13 June

WW says:

Fernie were one of the earlier mass-market steel narrowboat builders, based of course in the same town as Harborough Marine (part of Anglo-Welsh) and with a very similar style. Several of the independent hire-fleets that were prevalent at the time used Fernie boats. The "Fernie", of course, is the fox hunt local to Market Harborough!

There are some pictures and more information in an interesting forum thread at http://www.canalsandwaterways.com/viewmessages.cfm?Forum=55&Topic=33.

Richard Fairhurst  | 12.32PM, Friday 20 June

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