Nippy 1920s open ferry boat with canopy, a crew favorite!


For Private Hire, Independence is available for £340 for 2 hours or £400 for 3 hours, up to 15 passengers and £5 per extra passenger.


  • 35 person capacity for private charters

  • 46 person capacity for day ferry

  • Canopy offers shelter in the stern section

  • Open bow section

  • Bags of personality



  • Licensed to operate between Pultney Weir and Cumberland basin

  • Wooden hull - pitch pine planks on oak ribs

  • Length - 11.5m

  • Breadth - 2.5m

  • Weight - 5.5 tons

  • 4 Cylinder Lister Petter Engine

  • Single rudder operated by chain and cable from a midships helm position



  • Built in 1927 to work the shallow waters of the River Severn and Wye.

  • A stern tunnel houses the recessed propeller and enabled her to skim across the sandbanks - shipwrights find this unusual arrangement very exciting but rather tricky to work on as there are lots of curves to bend the ribs around

  • For a time Independence worked on the Erewash Canal in Derbyshire, built by the famous canal and harbour engineer William Jessop who was the main designer of Bristol Floating harbour in the early 19th century

  • She also spent some time working in the Wye Valley between Chepstow and Brock Weir

  • Bought by The Bristol Ferry Boat Company in 1980