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Beverley - Barges on the Beck

Beverley Barge Preservation Society, Crane Hill Wharf, Beckside South, Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire, HU17 0GG

Three restored boats on Beverley’s Beck, once the main route to the sea. On the edge of town, a peaceful waterside. For this year, the visits and trips on the water have been replaced by a video..

Moored near the head of Beverley Beck are the three boats restored by the Beverley Barge Preservation Society. The largest is the ‘Sheffield’ size 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 celebrating its 60th Birthday in 2020 and is used for charters and public day trips. Mermaid is an ex-Trinity House tender, and was 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. You can walk alongside the Beck where you can cross over the lock gates and return on the other bank (1.5 miles approx). Here on this tranquil waterway you may catch a glimpse of a kingfisher and other wildlife. This year tours and trips on the Beverley Beck, impossible under Covid-19 restrictions, have been replaced by a video.

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