Motor Barges

Towards the end of the 19th century, we start to find that existing vessels and some new keels were being equipped with engines, a trend which continued into the 20th century. These self propelled vessels were no longer totally at the mercy of the wind and currents. As engines developed the size of new vessels increased and we see the wheelhouse become standard, although often with the ability to be collapsed for passing under low bridges. 

Where possible we have identified the vessels and where and when the photographs were taken. If you can identify any vessel or its crew please get in touch using the form below. 

Hover your cursor over the photograph and you will see a short title. Click on the photograph and you should see a larger version and more information.