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GUCCCo 1935 Little Woolwich Motor Alcor

Alcor was built in November 1935 for the Grand Union Canal Carrying Company, fleet number 4, by Harland and Wolff in Woolwich. She was built of steel composite construction (steel sides and an elm bottom) and worked for GUCCCo until 1941 when she was used as a fire boat by the London Fire Brigade.

By 1964, Alcor was sold into private ownership. Today, Alcor has a 25ft cabin extension which provides ample accommodation but still retains the traditional look and feel.

Alcor still retains her wooden bottoms which are now in excellent condition. Half of the bottom boards were replaced in the mid 1990s by Tony Lewery and Malcolm Webster and replaced with Opepe. A further 25% were replaced with Opepe in 2005 and the remainder were completed in 2014. This now puts the bottom structurally in excellent condition. Hull survey available from May 2021 is available to interested parties.

BSC: September 2022.

Willing to deliver by prior arrangement. Benefits from CRT historic boat discount

Last docked May 2021 and blacked with 2 coats of good quality bitumen.

3 x 120Ah Domestic batteries replaced in 2018.

1 x Battery for starter replaced in 2012.

4 berth (2 x doubles)

2 x automatic bilge pumps (1 in main cabin and 1 in back cabin)

Front deck with timber cants and bow locker for storage. 

Running gear (deckboard, cratch, running planks and mast) all in good condition. PVC sheets so the front hold area can be sheeted up completely to provide a dry storage area or left unsheeted to provide a good outdoor seating area. Wooden false floors in the hold area are in excellent condition.

A steel gas locker located on the front cabin bulkhead houses 2 x 13kg gas bottles with standard changeover valve. Additional storage on other side of bulkhead. Large water tanks located in the hold area which double up as seating.

25ft Steel cabin extension insulated with kingspan with portholes which keeps the cabin private. Walking towards the back of the boat you get to the original engine room housing the National 2DM and Brunton gearbox. A set of side doors on each side of the engine room and pigeon box centrally mounted.

Steel back cabin in GUCCCo livery. Finally steel back deck and steel cants.

Renaissance Canal Carrying fenders made in 2015, 2 x tipcats and 1 button of synthetic rope.

Traditional back cabin with Tony Lewery decoration. Standard side bed and cross bed to provide extra accommodation. Epping stove in good condition. New cushions throughout the back cabin professionally made and give a perfect nights sleep.

National 2DM with Brunton gearbox. Electric start.

Traditional engine controls of speedwheel and gear wheel. Standard GU diesel tanks. Stable door into back cabin and door into main cabin.

Alcor retains an open hold at the front of the boat which traditionally would have been used for carrying. This area can be sheeted or unsheeted to give extra dry storage space or outdoor seating area.

Entering into the main cabin through the front stable doors which makes the access dog and kid friendly. Oak flooring in the living cabin with access hatches to the bottom. Varnished ply on the cabin sides. 12V TV.

Inside of front bulkhead is half height cupboards, left hand freestanding Firefox stove. L shaped settee which converts to a double bed, and free standing table. Right hand access through into the kitchen.

Kitchen – U shaped kitchen, cooker with main oven and grill, 4 ring gas hob, 12V fridge, sink and drainer. Hot water provided by gas Morco heater.

Bathroom with toilet, sink and ample storage. Piping and electric still in place for re-instating shower.

Ceiling mounted LED 12V lighting throughout. 12V LED Reading lights in lounge area and back cabin.