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Welcome to the Beverley Barge Preservation Society, a registered charity set up in 2000 to provide visitors with a memorable experience.

We own the MV Syntan, an ex-working barge previously operated by Richard Hodgson’s Tannery to carry hides and other tanning materials from Hull docks to the Beverley Beck, and then by road to the Tannery which was situated in Flemingate.

Syntan now acts as a museum, heritage centre and community resource for meetings, parties and so on.

There are two other boats owned by the Society; Sun a former British Waterways maintenance vessel (52' x 13') and Mermaid a 30' x 91/2' ex-lifeboat.

Sun takes parties of up to 12 on the River Hull towards Driffield Navigation, while Mermaid is available for booking for groups of up to 8 for trips along the Beck and upriver.

For more information on the Society, to book trips, and request details on using Syntan as a venue for meetings, school trips, parties and so on please email us:

Syntan's 70th celebration

The Syntan was 70 years old in 2019 and we celebrated with festivities on the 13th & 14th of April at Beverley Beck. The Beck was lined with boats, including many of the sailing barges that used to ply our waterways. There was music, food, drink and general entertainment. We were lucky to get a beautiful day for this rare opportunity to see so many ex-working boats on the Beck all at the same time.

Syntan at 70