United Kingdom
Name: Bustardthorpe
Owner: TF Woods & Co
Operator: TF Woods & Co
Route: Between York and the towns of Hull and Goole
Builder: JS Watson of Gainsborough
Completed: 1914
Status: Converted to a privately owned houseboat
General characteristics
Class and type: Lighter
Tonnage: 98.22 gross tons[1]
Length: 91.93 ft (28.02 m) overall
Beam: 17.08 ft (5.21 m)
Depth: 6.89 feet (2.10 metres)
Installed power: Inboard motor
Capacity: 120 tons[2]

Bustardthorpe, now known as Miranda Mayne, is a privately owned steel lighter, based on the River Thames at Abingdon. She is on the National Register of Historic Vessels, but is not a part of the National Historic Fleet.

Bustardthorpe was originally constructed as an unpowered barge by Joseph Spencer Watson for T F Woods & Co.[3] Constructed of riveted Swedish rolled steel and fitted with a tiller and open wheelhouse, she was completed in 1914. She was initially paired with the steam towing barge Ouse, and made regular trips between York and the towns of Hull and Goole.[2] During her time with T F Woods & Co, she carried up to 120 tons of Swedish pulped paper rolls, destined for use by the Yorkshire Herald.[3][2] She also transported bagged cocoa beans, sugar, hazelnuts and gum to Wormald Cut on the River Foss for the confectionery company Rowntrees.[2]

In 1931, Bustardthorpe was fitted with a 75kW Lister JP6 diesel engine, and was registered as a motor vessel.[1][3][2]

Collisions at Castle Mill Lock

In 1949, Bustardthorpe's reverse gear failed while travelling down the River Foss, and she crashed into the lower gates of Castle Mill Lock, damaging the gates.[2] She was then sold in 1957 to the Dry Pool Engineering and Dry Dock Company, and the following year was sold again to William Gilyott & Co Ltd of Hull.[2] In 1959, again at Castle Mill Lock, her engine overheated and she lost control.[2] She caused £60 of damage to the pumphouse suction pipe after colliding with it.[2]


  1. ^ a b "National Register of Historic Vessels". Archived from the original on 5 July 2011. Retrieved 19 August 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Watson's Shipyard Boat History". Retrieved 19 August 2011.
  3. ^ a b c Wincote, Paul (December 2006). "A short history of Bustardthorpe (Miranda Mayne)". Archive: the Journal for Industrial & Transport History (52): 22–4.