A rare and beautiful historic Bantock narrowboat

Narrowboat Ballinger originally began life as a Bantock working boat of iron, oak and elm construction, built by Thomas Bantock around 1895, although iron and steel since the 1960's.

Ballinger, named after Charlie Ballinger, one of the last Number Ones to work the canals in the Midlands, has a long and fascinating history of her own. With first hand accounts and documentation of her humble beginnings, her rescue, resurrection and conversion to a narrowboat by the highly regarded late Max Sinclair, Life President of The Droitwich Canals Trust. From her rare Junkers engine, now in a museum in Germany, to a total stranger with a tattoo of Ballinger...
This narrowboat has a story to tell.

A considerate and extensive hull renovation costing £10K was undertaken by Paul Barber of P. J. Barber Boatbuilders in November and December 2018, the main objective being the preservation of a 19th century hull. The newer part of Ballinger, her outer cabin, still quite old in its own right, does need a refresh to paintwork and exterior finish to bring her to her former glory, she's not perfect at all, but she's got character, A live aboard for the last ten years, she's been very comfortable and accommodating and not been worked hard. She's a beaut and would not look out of place on a trip to Braunston!

If you're interested and want to know more, use the menu above to navigate Ballinger's specification, history and photographs.