The Trent Ketch

By Brian Widdowson, published November 1997


Based on Maritime Census returns for 1861 and also the Trent Navigation Company’s gauging tables, which indicate the size and capacity of the vessels, it is demonstrated that for most of the nineteenth century Trent ketches were capable of working the full length of the Trent from Nottingham and Loughborough down to the Humber estuary across to Hull. On average the vessels were about 70 feet in length, 14 feet in beam and 32 inches draught, with a tonnage between 38 and 62 tons.

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Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Miscellaneous | Shipbuilding & Design

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