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Emerald No. 1 – Historic 128 Year Old Bantock Tug – 49ft




  • 2 World Wars
  • Turning of 2 centuries
  • 6 Monarchs
  • Creation of BBC
  • NHS Established
  • Decimalisation
  • The World Wide Web

All these things have one thing in common. They have all happened during the time that Emerald No. 1 has been on the British waterways. Reportedly built in 1890 by Bantock, originally as a butty boat, Emerald No 1 has gone through many changes over its lifetime. One of the biggest changes was the addition in the early 80s of the JP3M Ruston Lister Engine named ‘James’. Scans of the original ‘Waterways World’ article written by the then owners in 1983 are included in the advert.


Emerald No1 is powered by a 1932 Ruston Lister JP3M 3 Cylinder Diesel named James. Installed in the early 1980s it is a very early example of the JP3. James produces 27bhp @ 1000rpm and has a capacity of 4.3L. Videos of James running can be viewed on Youtube here. Engine cooling is provided by a sealed external skin tank and power is delivered through a Lister epicyclic 1:1 gearbox

Hot Water & Heating

Hot water is supplied by way of a calorifier, heating is via Morso 1410 Squirrel solid fuel stove.

Electrical Systems

Emerald is fitted with 3 batteries (1 Engine, 2 domestic) which are charged by twin alternators. 230v power is supplied either by a landline or independently via a Sterling ProCombi Q 2.1kW invertor.


The bathroom is fitted with a built in shower a basin with vanity unit. The toilet fitted is a manual pump Baby Blake TBB0717M with a internal waste tank of approximately 22 gallons.


The kitchen is fitted with a Wallas Safeflame 96D diesel oven and a Wallas 95D hob with blower lid. A coolmatic 12v fridge is also included.


Professional fit-out by Fox’s of March. Internal hull linings are oak panels except in the engine room which is lined in painted checker plate. The headlining and cabin sides are painted tongue and groove with feature framing. An fitted fold down table and bench is also present.