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T & S ELEMENT Ltd. 

This canal carrying business was founded as a partnership by the brothers Thomas (born 1881) and Samuel (born 1889), the second and fourth sons of George and Jane Element of Halesowen Street, Oldbury. (This street still exists, but sadly all old buildings have been demolished to make way for new developments). The brothers traded as general carriers initially based at Springfields, Rowley Regis, where their main traffics were road stone and coal. In 1920 a branch of the business was established at St Clement Road, Nechells. In 1932 a major depot was established at Salford Bridge, opposite the Junction of the Birmingham and Warwick and Birmingham and Fazeley canals, this became the company's head office. Boats were purchased to complement the fleet throughout the company's history, the maximum number believed to be nearly 200 craft at it's peak just after the end of the second world war. One of the major contracts were to Stourport power station and lasted until approx 1948 for that reason I have included the fleet of the Stourport Light as the station was known in this list. By the early 1970's the company's fleet had reduced to about 6 boats, which were employed solely on factory rubbish contracts. What did they carry during their history? - Road stone, Coal, Coke, Coal slack, concrete Aggregates, Sand, Gravel, Tubes, Manure, Ashes, Blast furnace slag, Phosphorus waste liquor and Rubbish (no doubt there were many more!). Thanks to David Element (great grandson of one of the co-founders of T & S Element Ltd.) for his invaluable assistance with this account. David is researching the history of the company, and would be interested in hearing from anyone who has related memories or photographs, or who knows the whereabouts of any T & S Element boats still afloat or abandoned. David can be contacted by e-mail at: - david.element.1984@pem.cam.ac.uk

 

Motor, Joey or Butty / Name/ Company / Fleet No. / Gauging date / Gauging No / Other information

M MAYFLOWER T&S. ELEMENT   08/05/46 2247 OLD 19 Bought from GUCC for £300(no engine) after a fire November 1945. She was used mainly on the Stourport Power station run until Elements lost the contract
M BEN " "       Built 1934 by Harris Brothers, Bumblehole, Netherton, a narrowboat constructed of iron. She has a 16 hp Lister CE diesel engine.

Built to carry coal from the Black Country coal fields to Kidderminster for the carpet trade, she was subsequently owned by T & S Elements of Oldbury and used in general trade in the Birmingham area. Later she was leased to Albright & Wilson and used for the carriage of chemicals. BEN was working until 1967 carrying coal from the Anglesey Basin to the GEC works.

. uncon.7/99 Hold is decked over. BCN Photos
M MAY QUEEN " "   30/04/41 2102 Bought from GUCC for £650 April 1941 PRAESEPE
M DUKE OF YORK " "   01/11/44 BCN 2224 As above ex. UMBRIEL extant 2000 southern Oxford. 2008, Umbriel is breasted up with little Ricky Ariel, at Wolfhampcote winding hole. A bit delicate around the counter but the owner has the mother of all lumps of oak, sat on the bank, waiting to be carved into a new counter block got the sexiest sounding CE2 and blows great smoke rings at 30 (yes thirty) rpm.  Pic
M KING GEORGE " "   17/09/41 2106 OLDBURY 10 built 9/41. new engine '44, reconditioned '47, repaired '48. sold Lincoln '52. K.G.V. fs.5/92?
M PRINCESS ELIZABETH " "   01/04/42 2121 OLD 12 built by FMC 3/42. sold to A.WOODS Tipton 12/52
M ANNIE ELIZA " "     ex PLATO GUCC
M PRINCESS ANNE " "       Above boat renamed, she is currently slightly shortened and based in the north. BCN Photos
M PRINCE CHARLES " "       x.DELPHINUS GUCC. Bought from Talbot garage company Kidderminster. sold to Albert Prince, Alrewas '51. now 50ft with planked over hold.
M ANTARES " "       x.Gucc 2/43.Bought from Talbot garage company Kidderminster. sold to Tudor, West Brom '54. converted fs 8/89 work needed
M CORK " "     21483 No other details at present
             
             
             
             
B SURREY T&S ELEMENT       Bought from FMC for £120 in July 1920
B IVY " " 87 OLD 8 BCN 485 Wooden butty boat built with fore cabin. No. 1 in the Fellows, Morton & Clayton fleet, originally called ADA. Bought from FMC for £52.50 April 1941. Painted especially for Festival of Britain 21.4.51
B ORION " "     BCN 832 Cabined wooden horseboat. Nurser built. Part of the Fellows, Morton & Clayton fleet. Registered at Wolverhampton No. 1127. Registered BCN no. 832 on 9 April 1924 Bought from FMC for £52.50 April 1941
B THELMA " " 98 31/12/41 372 TAM 171 x .C.NELSON. HENRY 1941.Registered 1941. Docked Spencer Abbot 1941. Docked thoroughly at Spencer Abbot September 1943.. Docked shared(?) August 19th 1944 ,Not painted. Leaks stopped (Yates) July 20th (1945). Docked thoroughly. Sides all new. Sheared. Lot of planks November 3 rd 1945. Leaks stopped January 18 th 1947. Docked on side and painted October 4 th 1947.  Leaks stopped October 20 th 1948. Sold to for House Boat £40
B DOLLY " "   10/12/41 BCN 245 " " 1941.Docked Spencer December 9th 1941. Docked thoroughly May 31st 1943. Docked thoroughly October 9th 1944. Docked thoroughly July 27th 1945 Lots of planks. File sheared all over (??).  Leaks stopped & blacked June 16th 1946. Leaks stopped & blacked June 12th 1947. Leaks stopped & blacked March 16 th 1948.  Sold to J. Holloway
J RUBY " "     18386 Bought from Vivians.Docked thoroughly Dec 3 rd 1927. Not to strong Hardened & Blacked Jan 30th 1931. For manure boat Sold
J THISTLE " "     18426 Cut up March 27 th 1928
J FREDERICK " "     18656 Cut up March 5 th 1929
J HARRIET " "     18714 Bought from Vivians. Docked Jan 18 th 1929 Not too strong Cut Up 1932
J EVA " "     19783 Docked thoroughly Feb 25 th 1928 Docked thoroughly Feb 28 th 1935 Leaks stopped And sold to T. Vale & Sons, Stockport. Feb 1938
J PERSEVERANCE " "     19840 Docked thoroughly July 2 nd 1928 No good to dock again. Only patch up Cut up Jan 1931
J SAMUEL " "     20119 Docked thoroughly March 28th 1927 Cut up March 28 th 1929
J NANCY " "     20428 Cut up Dec 19 th 1928
J OSWALD " "     21421 Docked thoroughly Jan 30th 1928 Cut up Sep 1 st 1934
J JERRY " "     21623 Bought from George Adams of Wolverhampton. Docked Extra Special Sep 5 th 1927. Docked Thoroughly Oct 5th 1929. Docked Thoroughly Feb 20 th 1933. Docked for Last Time Dec 11 th 1937. Cut up
J BOWES LYON " "     21713 Bought from Adams' Docked Thoroughly April 20 th 1927 Strong Boat. Docked Thoroughly Jan 6 th 1930 Strong Boat. Docked Thoroughly July 4 th 1932. Docked Thoroughly ??? 6 th 1934.  Docked Thoroughly May 11 th 1936 About last time docking. Leak stopped Aug 15th 1938. Cut up Dec 1940.
J GLADYS " "     21714 Bought from Adams' Docked Thoroughly Oct 29 th 1927 Not to strong Cut up  June 14 th 1932
B ALICE " " Had cabin   21732 Docked Thoroughly Oct 18 th 1927 About last time. Cut up March 2nd 1929. Feb 10 th 1931.
J ELSIE " "     21777 Bought from Adams' Cut up Aug 20 th 1928
J MARGARET " "     21869 Bought from Adams'. Hardened and  Blacked Jan 24 th 1929. Docked thoroughly Jan 31st 1930. Hardened and Blacked Nov 28 th 1933. Docked roughly Nov 30 th 1935. Docked roughly April 19 th 1937 about last time. Cut up 1951  (note: considering that she was considered spent in 1937, she lasted well on it!!)
J FLORRIE " "     21872 Bought from Adams' Docked thoroughly Jan 14 th 1928. Docked thoroughly July 18 th 1929. Hardened and Blacked June 30 th 1933. Cut up Sep 1935
J COMET " "     22028 Bought from Adams' Docked thoroughly March 9/27 Strong. Docked thoroughly July 18 th 1932. Docked thoroughly  March 15 th 1937 About last time.  Docked thoroughly June 1939. Cut up Jan 1942
J MARS " " had cabin   22530 Bought from Adams' Docked thoroughly & New Sheared for Slag Boat June 18 th 1927. Dock thoroughly March 15 th 1930. Dock thoroughly June 18 th 1932 Lot of Planking. Dock thoroughly November 2 nd 1935 Lot of Planking. Dock thoroughly May 10 th 1939 No Plank Bad Bottom Cut Up
J JULIAN " "     BCN 668 built by Yates' Docked thoroughly June 1 st 1931. Docked thoroughly December 24 th 1935. Docked thoroughly. Planked up November 9 th 1939. Leaks Stopped January 1948. Docked thoroughly May 23 rd 1950. Blacked cabin. Bottom ????? Repairing damage. 2 new planks, 2 new rules. Bottom lining May 4 th 1951.  Docked lightly March 1952 Last time
J JACK " "     499 Built by Yates' Docked thoroughly August 18 th 1928. Docked thoroughly May 8th 1930. Docked thoroughly November 1932. Leaks stopped December 20 th 1933. Docked thoroughly April 15 th 1935. Docked thoroughly February 2 nd 1938. Docked thoroughly November 25 th 1939. Leaks stopped April 16 th 1941 Should  last 12 months. Weighed in. Docked thoroughly July 27 th 1944 New stern & bottom streaks(?). Docked thoroughly May 26th 1948 Worsey. Docked thoroughly April 1951 Atkins ??????. Docked December 17th 1953. Stopped Leaks October 28th 1954
J THOMAS RAYMOND " "     BCN 2113 Gauged 1st January 1942
J HILDA " " 65 29/06/22 BCN 317 Cabined Joey from Worsey's. Docked thoroughly May 24 th 1928. Docked thoroughly October 4 th 1930. Docked thoroughly January 25 th 1933. Docked thoroughly November 5 th 1934. Docked thoroughly October 1937. Docked thoroughly September 4 th 1940. Docked thoroughly November 19 th 1942 New stern & bar. New b????. ????? & ?????. Docked thoroughly. Weighed in January 24th 1945 New bottom streak(?). Docked thoroughly at Deepfields March 23 rd 1948 £95. Docked thoroughly April 24th 1951 New bottom fore end. Docked thoroughly September 28 th 1953.
J MINNIE " " 66 29/06/22 BCN 316 Docked thoroughly at Deepfields March 1948 £95
J COMET " "     22028 Docked thoroughly March 9/27 Strong Docked thoroughly July 18 th 1932 Docked thoroughly March 15 th 1937 About last time Docked thoroughly June 1939 Cut up Jan 1942
J COMET " "     2379 Gauged 5/12/56
J WILLIAM " "   20/10/43 BCN 166 Sold to Accles April 1955
J CORONATION " "       residential based Anstey. Although once painted in the T & S Element livery, there is no evidence that the Coronation boat was ever part of the T & S Element fleet. In August 2001, the Coronation was viewed and the words "T & S Element" could be clearly seen engraved in the rudder.
J SAPPHIRE " " 82   BCN 2366 Note under BCN 491 and BCN 2366 that Crimson (491) was cut-up in 1954 to form the Sapphire (2366). Built by Yates at Norton Canes in 1954. Canal traffic on the Birmingham Canal Navigations existed in a world of its own, employing vast fleets of narrow ‘Joey’ boats to service mines, quarries and ironwork.  Sapphire, built for T and S Element Ltd., was one of the last craft to enter service and is now one of only a few remaining Joey boats from the hundreds built.  She was formed from the remains of Crimson, which was cut up in 1954. Sapphire is double ended, so the rudder could be transferred from one end to the other to avoid turning in confined areas. Principal routes not only joined up with long distance canals, but pushed out arms to colliery, factory and later railway goods stations.  Therefore the journeys were short and the boats were not generally lived in.  Many were quite open as was Sapphire, although she did have a small cabin.  Cabins like Sapphire’s would have contained an L-shaped bench, a small locker or shelf and an upright bottle store which was mainly used for heating but, with a bar across it, the crew could boil up a kettle. In her working life, Sapphire was used to bring coal from the Cannock coal fields to feed the industries of the Black Country.  In later years, she may also have worked for the National Coal Board and Stewarts and Lloyds Ltd.  Her working life ended in 1977, being one of those docked by Peter Keay and Sons at Walsall. In 1983 Birmingham Canal Navigation donated Sapphire to the Boat Museum Collection at Ellesmere Port. She was one of the last craft to enter service and lasted until 1977, being one of those docked by Peter Keay and Son at Walsall BCN Photos
J DAISY " " 42 06/12/22 BCN 138 Docked thoroughly Sept 9 th 1928. Docked thoroughly June 2 nd 1930. Docked thoroughly Nov 16 th 1933. Docked thoroughly Sept 18 th 1935. Leaks stopped & blacked Feb 8 th 1937. Leaks stopped & blacked Oct 5 th 1937. Docked thoroughly March 15 th 1939 Fore end strengthened. Docked thoroughly May 1941. Iron knees all over March 27 th 1945 New bottom ?????. Docked thoroughly Oct 16 th 1946. Docked thoroughly July 28 th 1949. ??????? Oct 18 th 1952 Sheared bottom. ??????? Aug 17 th 1954. Sold
J WALTER " " 43 26/04/44 BCN 139 Docked thoroughly March 17 th 1927. Docked thoroughly October 28 th 1928. Docked thoroughly June 23 rd 1930. Docked thoroughly June 24 th 1932. Docked thoroughly March 10 th 1938. Docked thoroughly April 6 th 1940. Docked thoroughly June 25 th 1942. Docked thoroughly April 24 th 1944 New stern bar and deep gunling. Weighed in Tipton, 26/04/44. Docked thoroughly October 11 th 1946. Docked thoroughly May 18 th 1949 Went to B'ham July 1949. Docked thoroughly March 26 th 1952. Caulked & blacked. Planks.  Accident March 26 th 1952. Docked. Black planks March 1955
J DIAMOND " " 81 05/04/45 495 docked 3/54. Is Caggy Stevens SUSAN now at BCLM. Docked thoroughly February 4 th 1929. Docked thoroughly May 24 th 1932. Docked thoroughly April 17 th 1934. Docked thoroughly May 1 st 1939. Hardened & blacked November 18 th 1940 Ought to last 12 months. Docked thoroughly July 30 th 1942. Iron knees to middle. Weighed in April 4 th 1944 New stern & bottom ??? & bar. Docked January 10 th 1946 Not painted. Docked thoroughly February 19 th 1952 Iron knees all over. New stern end. Bolt on ??????????. Docked thoroughly March 19 th 1954
J RONNIE " "   24/07/40 2092 ex Barlows 7/40, cabin wooden boat converted to pleasure boat BCN Photos
J TRIUMPH " "     BCN 17972 Cabined iron boat. Blacked paint. Cabin Took Off ???? May 6 th 1949
J Electric " " 51 23/02/22 180 Was part of Elements fleet used to  service 'Stourport light'
J Electric " " 51 07/02/45 180 Was part of Elements fleet used to  service 'Stourport light'. Replaced/rebuild of above.
J Mary Ann " " 70 22/07/22 333 'S.L'
J Integrity " "   26/01/27 1246 'S.L'
J Elsie May " "   04/02/27 1252 'S.L'
J Primrose " "   20/05/31 253 'S.L'
J Samuel " "   06/04/32 1717 'S.L'
J Violet " "   28/04/32 185 'S.L'
J Frederick " "   30/06/33 1767 'S.L'
J Queen Mary " "   22/06/36 1910 'S.L'
J George " "   12/09/38 176 'S.L'
J Edna " "   19/09/38 303 'S.L'
J Nancy " "   16/12/38 2052 'S.L'
J Neville " "   25/09/39 2073 'S.L'
J Joan " "   19/02/41 2098 'S.L'
J Ruby " "   27/05/42 23194 'S.L'
J William " "   20/10/43 166 'S.L'
J Thomas William " "   29/12/43 1241 'S.L'
J Gladys " "   12/01/44 2186 'S.L'
J Sheila " "   12/06/44 1969 'S.L'
J Christine " "   14/06/44 2194 'S.L'
J Adelaide " "   20/09/44 410 'S.L'
J Lorraine " "   11/04/45 2028 'S.L'
J Charles " "   26/09/45 2238 'S.L'
J Evelyn " "   04/09/46 1362 'S.L'
J Sapphire " " 82 25/11/22 494 'S.L' Replaced by a boat of the same name details above.
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
CW Ampic II S. W &S Elec. Power . Co 2 07/06/44 2191  
CW Turbic II " " 5 02/08/44 2219  
CW Boostic II " " 6 29/11/43 2182  
CW Wattic II " " 7 12/06/44 2193  
CW Ohmic II " " 8 08/11/43 2175  
CW Rotoric II " " 9 19/07/44 2212  
CW Relayic II " " 10 31/07/44 2218  
CW Stourport II " " 11 19/06/44 2198  
CW Static II " " 12 03/07/44 2208  
CW Walter " " 22 02/08/44 2220  
CW Joe " " 23 21/06/44 2200  
CW Peter " " 23 26/07/44 2216  
CW Ted " " 24 26/06/44 2203  
CW Arthur " " 25 14/06/44 2196  
CW Bert " " 26 19/06/44 2199  
CW Tom " " 28 03/07/44 2207  
CW Dan " " 29 14/06/44 2195  
CW Bill " " 30 01/12/43 2183  
CW Len " " 31 24/07/44 2214  
 

 

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