Barrus partners The Rose

Published on: 11/05/2018


Up until November last year, the very first Shire engine to be supplied by Barrus was still powering the Rose of Hungerford, a purpose-built, 55’ wide-beamed pleasure boat belonging to the Kennet & Avon Canal Trust (KACT) – a full 20 years after its installation!

After two decades of exceptionally hard work, however, it was decided that the time had come for an upgrade. This would not only allow the Rose to continue to operate reliably for another 20+ years but would also provide an opportunity for several other modifications that could simplify the maintenance programme for the willing volunteers who care for both the engine and boat.

“The engine has led a tough life being driven by numerous helms on our heavy programme of public and charter trips,” commented Mike Rodd, Chairman of the Hungerford Branch of the KACT. “A new engine seemed to be the most appropriate way ahead. Barrus proved to be a very sympathetic partner, not only offering the new engine at a most reasonable price but also supplying a host of other components free of charge. They also generously provided their extensive engineering expertise at no cost to the Trust!” Mike concluded.

After careful examination of the running conditions, a 50hp Shire engine was selected and modified by Barrus to fit the Rose’s engine bay. The new engine was installed, and the boat was successfully commissioned – just in time for the first of the many annual Santa trips!

The Rose undertakes over 200 public trips each year, including both scheduled cruises and charters, and carries over 6000 passengers a year. Operated and maintained by volunteers, she brings in an income to the Trust of approximately £40,000 per annum. To find out more about the Rose of Hungerford and the Kennet & Avon Canal Trust, visit


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