Get aboard Beverley Barge Preservation Society’s restored Humber barge Syntan

Event Date:
Start at 12:00 AM
September 10, 2021 - September 12, 2021

Three boats (carefully restored by the Beverley Barge Preservation Society) will be on view near the head of Beverley Beck, a charming corner of Beverley on a narrow waterway that was once the town’s port.

Moored near the head of Beverley Beck are the three boats restored by the Beverley Barge Preservation Society and these will be open to the public. The largest is the restored Humber barge Syntan, built by the Hepworth shipyard at Paull in 1949 for Richard Hodgson’s Tannery and transported hides and tanning materials from Hull docks to the wharf on Beverley Beck. Sun is a former ‘mud-hopper’ maintenance vessel built in 1960 by Camplings of Goole and is used for charters and public day trips. Mermaid is an ex-Trinity House tender built in Korea in 1986.

Beverley Beck became the town’s main river access to the River Hull by the end of the 13th century and there is still a Victorian wharf crane as a relic of Beverley’s rich Industrial Heritage. Take a 1.5 mile walk alongside the Beck, crossing the lock gates, returning on the opposite bank and you might catch sight of a Kingfisher and other wildlife.

The Beverley Barge Preservation Society will be operating their vessel Mermaid on return trips every ½ hour to the end of Beverley Beck (weather permitting). The vessel can accommodate up to 8 passengers under no Covid restrictions. Editors’ note; you need to be fairly nimble.

This event is part of Heritage Open Days 2021.