A nice wooden barge/narrowboat toy or ornament. Quite detailed in that it has tiny pieces of barge ware and barge tools on board and a moving tiller/rudder. It is roughly 45 cm long and adorned with the logo Narrow Boat Tours. We don't think that this is intended to be sailed on water. Please check out the pictures for details. Not of any major age but a nice display piece for the canal lover.
The main difference between a narrowboat and a barge is the size of the vessel – more specifically, the width. Narrowboats typically have a beam (width) of between 6ft 10in – 7 ft, whereas a barge can typically be around twice the width – often around 14.5 ft. If you come across a boat which is in between, this range of vessels is typically known as ‘wide beam’ canal boats. Traditionally narrowboats operate in canals and barges in canals and rivers. Both were designed for carrying heavy freight.