Vlog 130: National Treasure

The third and final part (for the moment) in this mini-series about unusual, rare and vintage narrowboat engines. Here we meet Keith Lodge who had a replica working boat built to his specification including a two-cylinder National DA2 engine from 1949.

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  1. Hi!

    How much do you think a National DA2 engine is worth? I’ve just inherited one out of a canal boat but not sure if it’s worth anything?

    Thank you,


    • It depends what condition it’s in but someone somewhere will definitely want to have it. There is probably a National Owners / Enthusiasts Group I’d imagine, or at least a “vintage narrowboat engines” Facebook page you could mention it on.

  2. When I was in the Merchant Navy in the early 1970’s, I sailed on one ship which had National engines on the main generators. These were 6 cylinder engines which I think were about 250kW, but I could be wrong about this. They were certainly 110V DC though. I can’t recall having any bother with them.

    The emergency generator was driven by a Belliss and Morcom compound steam engine!

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