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1-!cid_ii_1440916f3766e8aaThe Ethel was built in 1993 as a prestigious purpose built 57 feet long broad beam canal barge, fitted out with disabled toilets and shower, a functional galley and fully accessible seating and sleeping facilities.

She has safety rails throughout and hydraulic lifts fore and aft, making her accessible by people who use wheelchairs, or have mobility problems.

Lifts enable all our users who are able, to participate in the learning and leisure activities below, as well as above deck during their trip.


The Trust: Who are we?

 The Ethel Trust Community Barge is a registered charity, No: 700389, providing boating trips to a wide range of community groups. The trust is staffed mainly by volunteers and was established in 1988. We work with the community for the community.

The Ethel Barge provides a unique experience. As well as offering day trips to community groups and organisations Ethel also provides a residential experience quite like no other.

Patron: The Duke Of Norfolk (See our Patron’s statement)
Trustees: Keith Levy, Dave Poulsom and David Tuck

Where Are We?

Our office is located in Sheffield city centre. We have one barge, ‘Ethel’, which is operated from Victoria Quays, Sheffield during the winter months before moving to Thorne, north of Doncaster, for the summer boating season.


Please see our list of sponsors