History of Victoria

Victoria was built specifically for the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation in West Yorkshire in 1975.

She is 57’ (17.4m) long and has a beam (width) of 12’ 4” (3.75m). Her design is conventional for a wide beam boat of this type with a flat bottom and steel plate construction. She has an upswept bow with the forward well-deck modified on both port and starboard sides to accommodate easy wheeled access to the vessel’s open-plan interior.

Victoria was originally owned by the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation Company, but was sold, along with the Tea Rooms at Paper Mill Lock in 2005, as a consequence of the Navigation Company going into administration in 2003. Paper Mill Cruises operated Victoria from the Tea Rooms until 2016, when operations ceased.

Essex Waterways Ltd purchased Victoria in May 2017.

Essex Waterways acquired Victoria with the aid of a grant from European LEADER Funds via The Rural Community Council of Essex.

Group Bookings

Charter one of our boats for your group outing or celebration or book now: Download the booking form

One Hour Boat Trips

Regular boat trips depart from Paper Mill Lock in Chelmsford and Heybridge Basin in Maldon. Find out more about our one hour boat trips.


See location map for Chelmer Cruises.

Contact Us

To find out more about booking any of the vessels, call Sarah Phillips on 01245 226 245 during office hours or email victoria@waterways.org.uk.