We are selling our beautiful historic Narrowboat Irene. She’s truly a one off. She’s an Iron boat, built nearly 100 years ago in Birmingham and carried coal and tar for industry. She was the same at both ends and in the 1970’s one end was cut off and replaced with a steel stern, an engine and the top was welded on to turn her into a houseboat. We have owned her since 2001 and lived aboard happily for 8 years.
Here’s the history from the Birmingham Canal Navigations Society – Date gauged 09/11/1927. BCN Number 1352. Place gauged TIPTON. Name IRENE. Owned by MIDLAND TAR DISTILLERS Ltd at MONMORE GREEN length 69’9, (she is now 57′) tonnage 38 (she is now 16 ton) CABIN IRON. Double ended, horsedrawn, coal and tar.
We had her overplated in 2010 with 6mm steel. I have included a picture of this, when she was painted red. She is now grey primer, ready for whatever colour you wish 🙂
We reblacked her in 2018 and checked the hull and anodes, all good. She has never been moored in a marina which has helped to preserve the iron, steel and anodes. She’ll outlast all of us!
Living room has a squirrel log burner. The furniture is free standing.
The kitchen has a belling gas cooker, sink and drainer, paloma gas water heater, worktop, welsh dresser and lots of storage space.
The bedroom has a small double, memory foam mattress. The water tank is huge (it lasts four weeks with two of us aboard) and positioned underneath the bed with lots of convenient room on top of it for storage.
Shower and thetford excellence electric flush portable toilet.
She has a 3 pot lister SR3 air cooled diesel engine. 12v throughout runs lights and sockets for TV, chargers etc. Walls, floors and ceiling all insulated. BSS certificate October 2020.
We had both wooden side hatches and back doors replaced with metal ones last summer 2018.
We can remove the furniture if not needed or leave it, up to you.
We are continuous cruisers so Irene is moored around Milton Keynes/Leighton Buzzard area.
Irene does need some TLC inside, maybe rewiring if you need 240, new cupboards, tongue and groove smartening up, but she’s ready for liveaboards who will love her as much as we do. Come and have a look if you’re really interested. Call me 07775674169 between 10am and 7pm only please.
Dog not included.
Current Price: £18000.00
This 1927 Bcn 57′ Liveaboard Narrowboat ‘irene’ boat is located in Milton Keynes, MK17 9DB and is being sold on eBay by emmelinesnut.