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The Friends of Raymond was established as a charity on 1st September 1996, to save Raymond from being lost forever. Raymond, the last wooden working narrow boat, was launched at Braunston on 11th June 1958 and, through the determination of the first Friends, she was rebuilt and returned to Braunston on 3rd July 2000.

In July 2003 we acquired the motorboat Nutfield, and reunited the pair that, between 1968 and 1970, had worked together in the colours of Blue Line Canal Carriers Ltd, looking much as they do today,

By maintaining Nutfield & Raymond, presenting them to the public, and raising the money we need to do it, The Friends of Raymond is proud to play a part in keeping alive the sight, the sound, and the story of the working boats.

In a typical year, our volunteers contribute around 2,500 hours and, apart from the costs of running the boats and the charity, every penny we raise is spent on Nutfield & Raymond.

Please explore our website to find out more about the history of our boats and our charity, the work we do and ways you can support it, and how you can become a Friend and play a part in keeping history afloat.

Raymond and Nutfield are both registered with National Historic Ships UK, the official voice for historic vessels in the UK.
The Friends of Raymond is a member of The Historic Narrow Boat Club, dedicated to preserving the working heritage of UK canals.


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The Friends of Raymond is a registered charity that preserves historic narrow boats Nutfield & Raymond,
and promotes and presents them for the advancement of education.

Charity number 1059614

Registered address:
The Friends of Raymond
Braunston Marina
NN11 7JH