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Beverley barge celebrates 70th

The Beverley Barge Preservation Society celebrated the 70th anniversary of its barge Syntan in April, with a rally at its home on Beverley Beck.

Syntan was built in 1949 at the shipyard of John Hepworths at Paull on the edge of the Humber, and was one of 15 Beverley barges for the tannery of Richard Hodgson. Tanning was a major industry of Beverley, and this type of barge carried cargo to and from Hull Docks, including hides and other products required for tanning. They would also carry general cargoes around Yorkshire, always returning to Beverley.

By 1972 Beverley barges were deemed uneconomic, and Syntan was sold to the Swinton firm of E.V. Waddington. A former skipper of Syntan, Nev Holgate, found it laid up and vandalised at Doncaster in 2001; Clariant Chemicals, the successor company to the tannery, helped Nev buy the boat and restore it. Nev also founded the society to remember the industrial and maritime heritage of Beverley Beck.

Syntax now sees active use, both as a trip-boat and museum of the local waterways and tanning industry. The society also operates the former British Waterways barge Sun and trip-boat Mermaid, a former lifeboatSwelling the numbers at the event were Comrade and Amy Howson of the Humber Keel & Sloop Society.

Further information is at syntanbarge.org.uk.


Syntan and other traditional working boats in Beverley Beck, celebrating its 70th anniversary year. Photo: Iain Campbell.[/caption][caption id="attachment_13892" align="alignnone" width="300"] 
Syntan's birthday cake. Photo: Iain Campbell. 

Tuesday 21 May  | Andrew Denny  | 3.47pm, Tuesday 21 May 2019

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