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In the 1930s, when the Grand Union Canal Company Ltd. (GUCCCL) decided to upgrade its main line from London to Birmingham with wider locks, new boats were also ordered in three classes - royalties, stars and towns. Walker Brothers of Rickmansworth was one of the most successful wooden boat building businesses on the canal system.

Royalty boats were built of wood or steel by a number of builders including Walkers and were distinguished by having five foot sides and being capable of carrying seventy tons on a pair. Star class boats were of the more usual depth of four foot two inches and were built by Yarwoods of Northwich, Harland & Wolff at North Woolwich and Walker Brothers. The Northwich and Woolwich boats were composites. The Town class were named after English towns and villages, again built by Walkers, Yarwoods & Harland & Wolff. They had four foot nine inch sides.

Walker Brothers were given orders for sixty-two butties and aimed to produce two boats per week (a target seldom met because of the lack of good timber). An aggressive marketing campaign aimed at bringing in new cargo work was not completely successful and some of the boats were laid up on completion. Recruiting crews was another problem as the GUCCCL was not known as a good employer. The outbreak of the war in 1939 meant a boom for canal traffic, and women trainees were recruited.

 

Butties in the GuccCo.Ltd List.

Fleet No. / Name / Builder / Registered / Date / Gauged / Paired with / Date entered fleet / In fleet at nationalisation / further details.

201 ABOYNE R COV 541 25.2.37 12609 102 07/1936 # s.c.87 was at Braunston 2000
202 ACHILLES N BREN 563 18.12.35 12467 15 11/1935 # After 1965, ACHILLES was purchased by the Birmingham & Midland Canal Carrying Company and used to carry cargo alongside the motor COLLINGWOOD until the 1970s. Until 2005, ACHILLES was one of the few Star class butties to survive in their original form. Her interior was an empty shell, but is sound and watertight. The original elm bottom has been replaced with steel. Under restoration Gas street basin. 2008 converted to motor by Roger Farrington, Braunston
203 ACTIS N BREN 547 9.11.35 12432 1 10/1935 # She was one of only three butty boats retained by BW in 1963 for carrying and she was paired with Arcas, a small Woolwich motor, and was used for the lime juice run. Sold by BWB in 1969/ 70. Her working life ended around 1988. She is also in the Red, White & Blue Coronation year livery. converted for sale. 11/93 GUCC A-H
204 ADELAIDE F RICK 21 30.7.31 12324 99 07/1931   Extant she is largely unconverted with perhaps an undercloth conversion. GUCC A-H
205 ALBERT E TRIN 116 1.12.31 12332 97 11/1931    
206 ALEXANDRA G BREN 480 11.11.31 12316 39 10/1931    
207 ALPERTON R COV 544 29.4.37 12573 101 07/1936 # ALPERTON, with her motor the DARLEY, carried cargoes from Birmingham to London until 1948 when British Waterways took over. By the 1950s, she lay disused in the Wendover arm of the canal until the Union Canal Company bought her for carrying and use on camping holidays. The wooden cabin was restored in 1972. Unconverted in early yellow and blue livery. ALPERTON GUCC A-H
208 ALPHONS N BREN 551 9.11.35 12551 4 11/1935 # Converted motor
209 ALTAIR I RICK 31 18.12.34 12382 66 12/1934   BW May 1960,4/95 GUCC A-H
210 ANDROMEDA N BREN 557 18.12.35 12492 9 11/1935 # converted and motorised with the steel stern from Potter and sons' SUNSHINE based at Stone
211 ANGEL R COV 538 28.1.37 12613 103 08/1936 # Sold into private ownership by BWB in 1960s and used commercially. Unconverted was at Braunston and Crick 2000 paired with ALDGATE GUCC A-H
212 ANNE F RICK 20 30.7.31 12311 49 07/1931    
213 ARA K BREN 491 26.6.35 12441 10 06/1935 # uncnv. 5/90; sc paired with ARCHIMEDES on the coal and diesel trade southern GUc ARA GUCC A-H
214 ARGO K BREN 513 3.9.35 12479 17 06/1935 # Registered at Anderton No. 2 in April 1969 for the Anderton Company. Sold into private ownership in 1970s. Uncon 8/88 GUCC A-H
215 ARGON N BREN 555 18.12.35 12434 5 11/1935 # ARGON was acquired by British Waterways in 1948. She was then bought by the Birmingham & Midland Canal Carrying Company in 1965 and used for cargo. She has since starred in the BBC series 'Canal Children' and used for adventure holidays and camping afloat. Her sides are made of riveted steel and her bottom planking is elm. GUCC A-H
216 ARGUS K BREN 517 3.9.35 12445 45 07/1935 # Sold by BWB in 1967. still carrying paired with BLETCHLEY at Maffers 2002 Xmas.  picture
217 ARIEL M RICK 41 16.7.35 12541 14 06/1935   sold to LB Faulkner.'45 poss extant paired with UMBRIEL Possible pic
218 ASTON R RICK 134 16.2.37 12556 104 08/1936 # residential motorised butty with hydraulic drive through rudder new steel cabin throughout including back cabin to original measurements GUCC A-H
219 ASTRAEA K BREN 537 25.9.35 12405 60 09/1935 # cut up by BW in the 80's at Bulls Bridge
220 ATALANTA N BREN 566 18.12.35 12530 16 11/1935   sold to Stanton and Staveley 6/40 paired with ALGOL became 52 in their fleet sold to Stewart & Lloyds 7/47 became No.90 sold by British Steel into private hands 7/76.Under cloth conversion. f.s.11/93 sold on ebay 03/08 GUCC A-H
221 AURORA N BREN 559 18.12.35 12583 11 11/1935 # stern is at Bristol Docks called SHEERWATER was BW hire boat in the 60's called WATER VIOLET
222 AYR R BREN 610 9.12.36 12602 105 08/1936 # either AYR or BERKHAMPSTEAD has been cut up and the other renamed remaining boat named Berkhamsted has been paired with Bainton GUCC A-H
223 BAILDON R BREN 608 9.12.36 12585 115 10/1936 # possibly extant GUCC A-H
224 BAKEWELL R BREN 599 9.12.36 12645 119 11/1936 # Sold by BWB late 1970s. was Union canal carriers camper paired with KIMBERLEY. converted for sale.9/96 now owned by a marine engineer and based near Dunstable. GUCC A-H
225 BALHAM R BREN 604 9.12.36 12767 107 08/1936 # Unconverted and paired with EDGEWARE southern GU GUCC A-H
226 BANBURY R COV 533 31.12.36 12605 106 b 08/36 # uncnv.fs.4/93; conv tooleys after this;
227 BARNES R BREN 620 27.1.37 12755 108 09/1936 # Sold by BWB 1968 / 9. Ext. cabin f.s.9/90 picture GUCC A-H
228 BARRHEAD R RICK 180 21.9.37 12626 109 09/1936   converted with a rudimentary motor conversion and is being worked on at Brinklow 4/07
229 BAWTRY R BREN 591 28.10.36 12664 111 09/1936 # ex Willow Wren. (Greenshank) She was sold to the Willow Wren Canal Carrying Company in 1954 and then purchased by Nick Gray in 1973 and taken to Bristol. GREENSHANK is used for storage and as a mooring pontoon for the Bristol Packet at Wapping Wharf in Bristol City Docks. Pictures available at the following site. www.bristolpacket.co.uk
230 BAYSWATER R BREN 593 28.10.36 12643 112 10/1936 # Was on the piling traffic with motor SALTAIRE in 1968
231 BEDWORTH R RICK 115 15.12.36 12666 113 10/1936 # unconverted for sale. 3/91 ; waterways world.3/00 Now converted GUCC A-H
232 BELLEREPHON N BREN 570 18.12.35 12543 20 12/1935 # Appeared in the film "The Bargee". Known for many years as IONA , a horse drawn passenger boat. BELLEREPHON GUCC A-H
233 BELMONT R BREN 595 28.10.36 12638 114 10/1936 # Sold to blue line.Now a  museum exhibit  awaiting restoration at Snibstone discovery park, Coalville. BELMONT
234 BERKHAMSTED R BREN 589 9.12.36 12588 110 09/1936 # see AYR GUCC A-H
235 BETELGEUSE N BREN 568 18.12.35 12488 18 11/1935 # ex trip boat butty converted f.s 7/94. deconverted and at Middlewich 10/00. 

She worked for the company until nationalisation in 1948, then for the Docks and Inland Waterways Executive, then British Waterways Board, then was leased to Willow Wren in the 1960s. Sold into private ownership in 1967. After languishing in the Wendover Arm, she was acquired by Stroudwater Carriers and was paired with COMET, steered by Jim Marshall, and carried retail coal in the early 1970s, with Ian Kemp as crew. In the summer, Jim used her to carry passengers as the Chester Packet, pulled by Snowy the horse, and she was converted for this, with a small cabin extension, in the mid '70s. After time as a houseboat on the Macclesfield Canal, she was acquired by Ian Chambers, and a new steel bottom welded on in 2002 at Malkins Bank. The present owner acquired her in 2003 as an empty shell, and commenced restoration to working condition, working from copies of the original H&W drawings. She collected all the timber required from Queen's Head on the Montgomery, and the running gear was built at Godalming on the River Wey, with ironwork made by Ian Kemp. The rudder was also restored and new cloths fitted. Shutts for the hold were finished at Newbury, and cabin restoration commenced in spring 2005 with a new outer skin, and internal fitting out is still continuing. BETELGEUSE Paired with JAMES LOADER.

236 BEVERLEY R BREN 597 28.10.36 12611 116 10/1936 # 40ft.cab 10/88; s.c.2/00
237 BIDEFORD R BREN 603 9.12.36 12735 117 10/1936 # still carrying with Roach.95; fs5/00 GUCC A-H
238 BINGLEY R BREN 601 9.12.36 12680 118 10/1936 # BINGLEY GUCC A-H
239 BODMIN R BREN 614 9.12.36 12658 120 11/1936 # converted to a study centre on the grand western canal.
240 BORDESLEY R BREN 616 9.12.36 12673 121 11/1936 # Uncon.f.s.5/89. paired with GREENOCK new paint job 7/00 GUCC A-H
241 BRANKSOME R BREN 612 9.12.36 12684 122 12/1936 # Possibly cut up at Bulls Bridge in the 80's GUCC A-H
242 BRIGHTON R BREN 618 9.12.36 12656 123 12/1936 # After delivery in 1936 Brightons path followed much the same one as Nuneatons. 1948 saw Brighton nationalised into the B.T.C. (D. & I.W.E.) fleet, and active carrying service through B.T.C. (B.T.W.) and into the ownership of B.W.B. in 1963. Willow Wren C.T.S. Ltd. hired Brighton from B.W.B. until 1967, when along with 35 other boats she was repossessed and shortly after disposed of. Brighton's new owners, Union Canal Carriers Ltd. of Braunston, operated a number of carrying narrowboats as camping boats where youth parties would holiday in the hold of the boats underneath the cloths. Brighton, usually paired with the motor BEXHILL, introduced thousands of youngsters to canals over the next few years. Many will have read the discussions in the waterways magazines about the importance of this sort of exposure to boating for young people of that time. 1983 saw the next ownership change, when both BEXHILL and BRIGHTON were sold to the actor James Warrior. Both boats continued to be operated as camping boats at Rickmansworth, though with limited success, as later the same year both were sold to Threefellows Carrying and based on the River Soar at Thurmaston. Both boats were put back to work carrying deep loads of gravel along a short stretch of the river. BRIGHTON developed a reputation at this time for sinking rather than loading. Threefellows carried out the first steps in her restoration (but only what was essential), and continued to work the boat hard. Threefellows sold Brighton in 1990, so passing it into private ownership for the first time. Nigel Heath continued the slow restoration process with structural work being done to the hull as well as replacing the wooden cabin with a slightly extended steel one, by Roger Farrington (Ivy Bridge Marine) of Braunston. BRIGHTON still did a small amount of carrying, though more recreationally than commercially. The Narrow Boat Trust Ltd acquired BRIGHTON in 1995, immediately replacing many of the knees (to hold the sides and bottom of the boat together). The restoration of BRIGHTON is ongoing, although the fitting out of the cabin has recently been completed and painted in traditional style. Like NUNEATON, BRIGHTON's carrying future has been secured, but a great deal of work remains necessary to maintain the boats in a proper state. BRIGHTON's most prominent activity may have been last year, when The Long Haul saw it bow hauled by the Narrow Boat Trust and Cotswold Canals Trust from Oxford to Worcester for the National Festival.
243 BUDE R BREN 617 9.12.36 12653 124 12/1936 # converted for sale. 12/87; ww 3/00
244 BURY U RICK 76 21.7.36 12571 125 06/1936 #  
245 BYFIELD U RICK 87 11.8.36 12578 126 07/1936 # converted. for sale. 9/88.N.W.
246 CANIS N BREN 576 18.12.35 12495 31 12/1935   sold to Stanton Ironworks became Stanton No.62 sold to Stewart & Lloyds 7/47. Oct 2000 fore end motorised and fully converted. stern end also motorised and fully converted and now called CANIS MAJOR based Stoke Bruerne
247 CAPELLA N BREN 572 18.12.35 12549 21 12/1935 # Sold into private ownership in 1970. converted fs.8/90 & 9/96. motorised butty with new steel bottom 1991 and hydraulic drive. for many years was based at Aylesbury. picture CAPELLA
248 CARDIFF U RICK 91 22.9.36 12558 127 08/1936 # renamed BLACKBIRD on the bank opposite Shardlow Marina and slowly returning to nature.
249 CARINA L BREN 549 9.11.35 12426 58 10/1935 # BW historic fleet as part of the friends of the working boats. Based in the midlands
250 CETUS K BREN 501 24.7.35 12384 25 06/1935   sold to Samuel Barlow '57 as PRINCESS converted for sale. 7/87. fore end fully converted 60ft motor based on the Shropshire Union canal. Stern now called BLUE NUN and is a hire boat on Leics GU GUCC A-H
251 CHALFONT U RICK 150 18.5.37 12752 128 04/1937 # in 2 halves possibly extant
252 CHEAM U RICK 152 18.5.37 12733 129 04/1937 # conv.f.s.7/91. Being shortened and converted to a tug. CHEAM
253 CHESHAM U RICK 153 18.5.37 NONE 130 04/1937 #  
254 CHIPSTEAD U RICK 156 15.6.37 NONE 131 05/1937    
255 CLEOPATRA N BREN 553 18.12.35 12475 6 11/1935 # converted fs 60ft 4/94. motorised butty
256 COBHAM U RICK 158 15.6.37 12756 132 05/1937 # knees in ANTLIA (ANTHLEA??)
257 CONISTON U RICK 159 15.6.37 NONE 133 05/1937   cut down
258 COOMBE ABBEY A DAV 435 1.11.32 X5599 55 10/1932    
259 CORONIS N BREN 578 18.12.35 12508 32 12/1935 # 57ft motor fs 4/95 stern is in the London museum (waterways)
260 CORVUS L BREN 499 24.7.35 12424 28 06/1935 # History of CORVUS
261 COUGHTON U RICK 168 20.7.37 12761 134 06/1937 #  
262 COUNT A TRIN 121 6.3.34 12346 263 b 02/34    
263 COUNTESS A TRIN 122 6.3.34 12347 262 b 02/34 #  
264 CRATER K BREN 505 24.7.35 12421 22 07/1935 #  
265 CRUX K BREN 495 24.7.35 12526 23 06/1935 # conv 9/91 new blue and yellow paint job at Dadfords 7/01 GUCC A-H
266 CYGNUS K BREN 489 26.6.35 12390 26 06/1935 # same name Willow Wren. Seen 10/00 at Pooley Hall Basin and fully converted Willow Wren Photos
267 DENTON U RICK 169 20.7.37 12728 135 06/1937 # for sale. 12/92 as Willow Wrens GODSWALL
268 DIPPER N BREN 581 22.1.36 12484 33 12/1935 # extended cabin fs 3/89; used as residential 8/00 nr Devizes
269 DODONA N BREN 574 18.12.35 12477 29 12/1935 # fore end now 45ft tug 4/95; stern now fully converted 50ft motor .f.s.7/91 & 8/90 (following information supplied by Andy Price:- From what I can gather the original Dodona was cut in half in the early 60s. The front was turned into a tug for BW and currently is moored close to the bottom of the Watford flight. The back end (my bit) languished in a BW yard in the midlands until the 1970s when it was converted into a 45ft 'live aboard' with the addition of a traditional stern. The original butty stern now being the bow (complete with historic dent which can be seen in some old pics of the boat). The boat was at this time renamed Stanfold. I bought it from a friend about 18 months ago. He had lived on it for 7 years and had discovered the original identity of the boat (thanks in part to the aforementioned historic dent) and registered her under her original name. Due to BWs lack of permanent moorings she currently spends her time chugging between Leighton Buzzard and Berkhamstead on the Grand Union. GUCC A-H
270 DOWNHAM U RICK 173 20.7.37 12722 136 06/1937 #  
271 DRACO L BHM 1579 18.10.35 12507 34 09/1935 # conv.f.s.3/00
272 DUBHE N BREN 583 22.1.36 12462 35 12/1935 # shortened & motorised 2/00. stern also extant.
273 DUCHESS G BREN 479 24.6.31 12339 38 b 06/31    
274 DUDLEY U RICK 179 21.9.37 12743 137 07/1937 # renamed BUNTING
275 EALING U RICK 183 21.9.37 12725 138 07/1937 # GUCC A-H
276 ELSIE EDITH A TAM 104 19.9.31 X5439 37 01/1935    
277 ELTON U RICK 186 21.9.37 12731 139 08/1937 # She worked for the GUCCCL and later British Waterways, paired with motor ELSTREE on the London to Birmingham line. In 1960, ELTON was sold to Willow Wren, a carrying company set up and subsidised by waterway enthusiast Captain Vivian Bulkely-Johnson. However, in 1968, she changed hands again and was bought by David Blagrove, a teacher and canal enthusiast. He used her in the retail coal trade, selling from the boat moored on the canal bank. In the late 1980s, ELTON was repaired and fitted out as a rudimentary houseboat. She was sold several times as her value decreased and her condition deteriorated until she was finally abandoned at Southall in West London in 1994. British Waterways offered her to a Trust and she was towed to Runcorn by the motorboat BEN. It was intended that she would be sold on to a suitable purchaser, prepared to carry out major restoration. So far no such person has been found and she is currently used as a floating shed to house the bric-a-brac collected on the Trust's recycling trips waiting restoration. Elton
278 ETHIOPIA P RICK 49 5.11.35 12547 40 10/1935   sold to Samuel Barlow 11/45 renamed WARWICK (renamed warwick when sold to Barlows) was tanked in steel before being converted into a house boat. I believe she still exists on the basingstoke but I imagine there is none of the suffocated oak left and she is just a steel boat now.
279 ELWELL U RICK 189 19.10.37 12771 140 09/1937 #  
280 FELTHAM U RICK 190 19.10.37 12723 141 09/1937 #  
281 FULWELL U RICK 193 18.1.38 12748 142 12/1937 #  
282 GLAXY P RICK 58 18.2.36 12536 47 a 12/35 #  
283 GLOSSOR U RICK 196 15.3.38 12742 143 02/1938   Part now in DRY DOCK pub as the bar. Rest of boat is for sale as 46ft cruiser 11/02. Virginia currer marine GLOSSOR
284 GRETNA U RICK 197 15.3.38 12753 144 02/1938 #  
285 GUISELEY U RICK 198 19.4.38 12773 145 04/1938 #  
286 HADFIELD U RICK 199 20.9.38 12786 146 05/1938 # DUNLIN ex Willow wren. was also known as BOURNEVILLE 18. converted for sale. 9/88; uncon 5/91; Now under restoration.
287 HAGLEY U RICK 200 20.9.38 NONE 147 08/1938 # Hull restored and work now being done on the cabin, won award at NIA show for work done. HAGLEY
288 HALE U RICK 201 25.3.39 NONE 148 11/1938 #  
289 HALTON U RICK 74 21.7.36 12567 149 06/1936 # GUCC A-H
290 HEBE P RICK 61 17.3.36 12481 54 01/1936   converted for sale 9/90 as RAY Ovaltine
291 HECTOR P RICK 51 5.11.35 12470 43 10/1935   sold to Ovaltine then onto S Barlows. 6/56
292 HYADES K BREN 515 3.9.35 12449 53 05/1935 # trip boat in Devon on Grand Western Canal, she is currently on the bank awaiting work on her wooden bottom.
293 HYDRUS K BREN 497 24.7.35 12539 52 07/1935   sold to LB Faulkner 12/43; BW 50's
294 INDUS K BREN 509 3.9.35 12388 71 07/1935 # Cut in two in 1959, to make two early BWB hire craft. Stern being Water Willow and fore end being Water Reed. Stern has been re lengthened and exists as a restored full length boat, INDUS TOO. Fore end extant  2000 shortened and with fibre glass 'bus' style cabin looking worse for wear.  picture INDUS GUCC I-Z
295 JUNO K BREN 531 3.9.35 12473 96 08/1935 # now full length motor with under cloth conversion GUCC I-Z
296 KEW U RICK 75 21.7.36 12579 150 06/1936 # shortened & converted .fs.7/88
297 KNEBWORTH U RICK 77 21.7.36 12630 151 07/1936 #  
298 LAMBOURNE U RICK 78 21.7.36 12640 152 07/1936   for sale. River Wey '77 . had remains of conversion and headers on fore end. sank R. Wey
299 LANGHO U RICK 82 11.8.36 12575 154 07/1936 #  
300 LEO L BREN 535 25.9.35 12453 42 07/1935 # BW historic fleet. Based in the midlands as part of the Friends of the working boat trust
301 LEONIDS O RICK 141 16.3.37 12593 100 06/1936   Unconverted. 11/90 matts site
302 LEPUS L BREN 521 3.9.35 12554 57 07/1935   In 1947, she was sold to the Bridgewater Department of the Manchester Ship Canal Company where she was used in a constructional capacity by the engineering department. Between 1947 and 1985, she was re-named MB NUMBER 5. In 1985, LEPUS was restored, shortened to fifty-seven feet and converted to a motor. The work was carried out by Black Country boat builder David Harris. The other part may be part of a boat called LEAD - US. converted motor fs.9/91 was shortened and at Middlewich 6/00 LEPUS
303 LICHFIELD U RICK 81 11.8.36 12591 153 07/1936 # hotel boat in the 70s. 7/99. at Cropredy on the Oxford Canal. All for sale, contact Ian Staples 01295 758 438. GUCC I-Z
304 LUPUS L BHM 1593 19.6.36 12464 8 01/1936   converted to motor
305 LYNX L RICK 120 15.12.36 12430 19 10/1935 # LYNX was cut up in 1970s and this LYNX was from the front part with a new motor stern.  still carrying. 99: fully converted .fs.12/00. Warwickshire Fly Boat Company The other 10' of butty stern was used as the bow of another 62' boat, LYNX END. LYNX GUCC I-Z
306 LYRA L BHM 1576 20.9.35 12392 41 b 08/35 # unconverted owned by T. Collier '73 with 139. (2007)Rope-man Ben Selfe, who works on his boat at Saul Junction, has recently made all the ropework for Ma Costa's Dutch barge in the film The Golden Compass, which is based on Philip Pullman's novel Northern Lights. Ben also skippered the barge during the filming. It is an interesting coincidence that Ben's workplace and shop, the 70ft engineless butty boat Lyra (circa 1935), shares its name with the young heroine, Lyra
307 MALUS L COV 535 31.12.36 12412 81 10/1935 # BW Historic fleet as part of the friends of the working boats project based in the midlands MALUS GUCC I-Z
308 MARCELLUS N BREN 561 18.12.35 12447 12 11/1935 # Unconverted fs.8/90 Another boat which is now in two halves. Both halves have now been lengthened and motorised. The shorter, former stern was briefly known as Marcel - but has now reverted to the full name. MARCELLUS
309 MARFAK P RICK 71 19.5.36 12595 65 05/1936   sold to Stanton Ironworks to become their No.60 sold to Stewart & Lloyds 7/47 was known as CUTLASS in later years owned by Mac Till converted and based at Wolverhampton Boat Club still extant
310 MARS J BREN 486 19.12.34 12363 56 11/1934 #  
311 MEDUSA P RICK 63 21.4.36 12560 59 03/1936   sold to S E Barlows then onto S Barlows. 2/57 renamed HARDY
312 MERAK P RICK 65 21.4.36 12618 61 03/1936  

Merak would have carried about 30 tons of cargo: iron, steel and other metals, coal, grain, timber, cement, stone and other general goods. Having overstretched themselves and at a time when canal transportation was in decline, GUCCC decided to reduce their fleet to 100 boats and, in 1948 Merak was sold to the Mersey Weaver & Ship Canal Carrying Company Ltd., based in Stoke.  In 1950 she was re-registered no. 964 at Stoke At that time George Iain Tunstall, his wife and 3 children were living on board the boat.  However, the following year C Powell was living on Merak with his wife and three daughters.  Two years later a fourth Powell daughter must have been born as she is recorded as living on board. Apparently Merak was damaged by running into one of the pointed apexes dividing the twin locks of the Cheshire Flight. This accounts for the strengthening pieces which are fitted in the angle between sides and bottom, up near the bows. She was bought by the 1st Hazel Grove Sea Scouts some time during the 50s and underwent some major alterations, including an engine being fitted in the former living cabin. The scouts kept her on the Macclesfield Canal, firstly at Marple then at Styperson (by Bridge no. 20).  She was renamed The Chief  in honour of their scout leader but, unfortunately, the poor man was killed in a rather horrific industrial accident and the lads lost all interest after that.  She deteriorated and sank at her moorings. In 1972 Jimmy Hewitt purchased the boat for £50 with the intention of using the craft for commercial use again.  He raised her and dismantled the scoutsí conversion but never put her to use.  In 1974 he sold her to Malcolm Webster who carried out an extensive restoration of her at his Worsley dockyard. The Boat Museum Trust purchased Merak in 1985 as a floating exhibit...sometimes Pics

313 METEOR K BREN 525 3.9.35 12386 30 08/1935 # Unconverted .fs.12/91 long back cabin @ Langley mill 10/00 converted to liveaboard/holiday boat keeping butty shape for sale on ebay 04/08 meteor 2008 METEOR
314 MILKY WAY P RICK 67 21.4.36 12523 63 08/1936   sld LB Faulkner.45
315 MOON K BREN 523 3.9.35 12419 88 08/1935 # Uncon.fs.9/91. converted fs. 11/01 still a butty MOON
316 MUSCA M RICK 47 17.9.35 12443 62 09/1935   sld LBF.9/43
317 NEBULAE K BREN 545 23.10.35 12414 74 10/1935   under cloth conversion at Crick 2000.now belongs to Trevor, lock-keeper at Hanham lock and is often to be seen moored up there
318 NESTON U RICK 93 22.9.36 12581 157 07/1936 #  
319 NORTON U RICK 83 11.8.36 12569 155 07/1936 # cut down now 50ft renamed SMEW
320 NUNHEAD U RICK 90 11.8.36 12564 156 08/1936 # broken up circa 1982
321 OCTANS M RICK 43 30.7.35 NONE 67 06/1935   sold to Samuel Barlow 4/43 renamed YORK
322 ORION H DAV 463 19.2.35 12360 3 01/1935   sold to Stanton Ironworks 5/41 to become their No.58 sold to Stewart & Lloyds 7/47 last known at Keelcast W'ton 1970's cut in two Converted into a 48ft live aboard in trad style with a boatman's cabin/engine room. New superstructure build in the nineties. fitted with a Lister FR3M keel cooled 24hp engine and Lister gearbox. GUCC I-Z
323 OULTON U RICK 94 22.9.36 12622 158 08/1936 #  
324 OXTED U RICK 95 22.9.36 12632 159 08/1936 # renamed CHARMED ANNIE
325 PADBURY U RICK 100 21.10.36 12597 160 09/1936 #  
326 PALLAS K BREN 533 25.9.36 12428 27 09/1935 # Converted to houseboat spotted at Braunston over New Year 2003.
3/4 cabin fitted in  70/80,s
Pallas has changed ownership and location, shes now at Sharpness Docks having  hydraulic drive fitted and a cabin refit
327 PAVO K BREN 503 24.7.35 12410 69 07/1935 # converted to 60ft pleasure boat based Fenny Stratford. for sale 11/02 Present owner has owned Pavo for the past 4 years. He bought the boat in a derelict state, raised it, has had the Elm bottom replaced with steel, and has rebuilt the engine, replaced all the shafting, and fitted a new propellor (the old one was only 16 ins!) The current engine is an industrial JP2 (with the flywheel at the other end to a marine one).
328 PENELOPE Q BREN 587 24.6.36 12598 77 12/1935    
329 PHAETHON P RICK 73 16.6.36 12562 68 05/1936   sold to LBFaulkner 12/43 then onto S E Barlows then onto S Barlows 2/57
330 PHOEBE M RICK 39 18.6.35 12417 72 a 06/35   sold to Stanton Ironworks became their No. 64 11/41 sold to Stewarts & Lloyds 7/47
331 PHOSPHOROUS P RICK 59 18.2.36 12517 51 01/1936   built with a fore cabin. was abandoned on the River Ouse at Queen Adelaide nr. Ely front end was renamed LARK
332 PICTOR K BREN 507 24.7.35 12451 70 07/1935 # PICTOR uncon. s.c.
333 PLEIADES Q BREN 586 26.2.36 12576 76 11/1935 # sold to Stanton Ironworks became their No. 54 returned to GUCC as unsatisfactory sold 7/47 to Stewarts & Lloyds
334 POLARIS K BREN 519 3.9.35 12410 85 08/1935   uncnv.4/93. I.Kemp; possibly converted butty
335 POLLUX M RICK 37 21.5.35 12521 24 04/1935    
336 POPLAR U RICK 101 20.10.36 12586 161 09/1936 # at Cropredy on the Oxford Canal. All for sale, contact Ian Staples 01295 758 438.
337 PRINCESS E TRIN 115 1.9.31 12314 78 09/1931 #  
338 PROSPERITY A DAV 418 2.12.30 X5589 2 11/1930    
339 PUPPIS L BHM 1575 20.9.35 12455 73 05/1935 # Unconverted based at Stretton on the Northern Oxford
340 PURLEY U RICK 102 20.10.36 12615 162 09/1936    
341 RA P RICK 53 8.1.36 12505 44 12/1935   sold to Stanton Ironworks became their No. 56 sold onto Stewarts & Lloyds 7/47
342 RAWDON U RICK 103 20.10.36 12600 163 09/1936 #  
343 REGULUS O BHM 1590 19.6.36 12483 79 11/1935   Uncon.8/99 Paired with RADIANT picture   Regulus matts site GUCC I-Z
344 RIGAL N BREN 585 22.1.36 12500 36 12/1935 # Fore end now 60ft motor with under cloth conversion. Rigal Original butty stern ( as bow) exists as approx 45' boat also called RIGAL converted to 45ft motor for sale 07 RIGAL GUCC I-Z
345 ROADE U RICK 105 15.12.36 12634 164 10/1936 # burned at Woodham 1977
346 ROMSEY U RICK 106 15.12.36 12624 165 10/1936 # possibly converted fs.11/89 as ROMSEY MIST
347 RUGBY A DAV 454 12.6.34 12023 48 04/1933 #  
348 RUISLIP U RICK 107 15.12.36 12620 166 10/1936 # conv. fs.9/89
349 SALTLEY U RICK 108 15.12.36 12636 167 11/1936 #  
350 SARPEDON O RICK 188 21.9.37 12535 84 03/1936   Sold to A. Harvey Taylor then onto S. Barlows 4/55 renamed IRENE matts site
351 SATELLITE K BREN 543 23.10.35 12460 87 09/1935 # Sold by BWB in early 1970s and converted, motorised and shortened to 60'. Armstrong Siddeley 3 cyl engine installed in 1996.( Previously the engine was a 2cyl version). in the 70's owned by the NBT sold to M E Braine and cut in half and motorised the fore end keeping the original name while the stern was renamed GANYMEDE SATELLITE
352 SATURN H TRIN 125 1.1.35 12376 95 12/1934    
353 SCALES O RICK 191 19.10.37 12493 83 01/1936   Willow Wren as KESTREL '64 matts site
354 SEASCALE U RICK 109 15.12.36 12727 168 11/1936 #  
355 SERPENS L BREN 527 3.9.35 12396 80 06/1935 # Appeared in the 1963 film " the Bargee". Shortened to 60' in 1990s but re-lengthened using original bits in 2000. trip boat in London 5/91. fs4/00. 60ft SERPENS
356 SHAMROCK A TRIN 118 7.6.32 X5456 86 02/1934    
357 SHILTON U RICK 110 15.12.36 12647 169 11/1936 # cut down to front 60ft rear renamed SHILMARK
358 SIRIUS I RICK 29 20.11.34 12357 13 10/1934   Used as a camping boat in the 70's paired with COMET conv.fs 4/95;10/99  picture GUCC A-H
359 SLINFOLD U RICK 112 15.12.36 12697 170 11/1936 # GUCC I-Z
360 SOUTHAM U RICK 116 16.12.36 12686 171 11/1936 # She worked on the canals between London and the West Midlands carrying coal and general cargo. Sold as surplus to requirements in 1962, she was fitted with a full length cabin and engine in the 1970s and used as a cruising houseboat. Abandoned and sunk in 1992, British Waterways took possession of her and sold her to The Wooden Canal Craft Trust (now the Wooden Canal Boat Society Limited) who towed her to Runcorn for extensive refitting and dry dock work which included fitting a 3.4 litre BMC engine. She is now based at Portland Basin, Ashton under Lyne. Awaiting restoration in Runcorn. GUCC I-Z
361 SPICA I RICK 34 19.3.35 12372 7 02/1935   sold to S Barlows 5/48 renamed MOSQUITO then renamed RIVENDELL in '62 and MONTGOMERY in '98
362 STARCROSS U RICK 117 15.12.36 12670 172 11/1936 # Alive and kicking in Puttenham. New front end - stem post and all planking about 14ft. All chine planking and various side planks replaced. Complete new bottom just finished- 04/08 from owner
363 STAVERTON U RICK 124 19.1.37 12695 173 12/1936 #  
364 STOULTON U RICK 123 19.1.37 12651 174 12/1936 #  
365 STREATHAM U RICK 125 19.1.37 12693 175 12/1936 # renamed ADVENTURER
366 SUNBURY U RICK 127 19.1.37 12730 176 01/1937 # renamed TIKINA
367 SURBITON U RICK 131 16.2.37 12678 177 01/1937 #  
368 TAPLOW U RICK 132 16.2.37 12712 178 01/1937 # Motorised and converted as a floating showroom for hire to companies renamed WILLOW WREN sank at Stone on the T&M 11/00 raised and taken to Charity dock for repairs GUCC I-Z
369 TAUNTON U RICK 142 16.3.37 12704 182 02/1937 #  
370 TAURUS O BHM 1594 19.6.36 12519 92 05/1936   conv. h.b. matts site
371 TAYPORT U RICK 139 16.3.37 12737 181 02/1937 #  
372 THEA O BHM 1597 17.7.36 12607 91 04/1936   sold to J.Knill then onto S Barlows 1/55 MATILDA. until '91 was houseboat at Rickmansworth with poor counter. shortened and converted 3/93 now 57ft tug by WFBCo. based Stockton. At Maffers Xmas 2002. matts site GUCC I-Z
373 THOTH O BHM 1602 18.12.36 12502 93 05/1936   scrapped C&R.8/91, p.87 matts site
374 TILBURY U RICK 137 16.3.37 12660 179 02/1937 #  
375 TITANIA K BREN 511 3.9.35 12394 90 05/1935 #  
376 TIVERTON U RICK 138 16.3.37 12662 180 02/1937 #  
377 TOUCAN L BHM 1585 19.5.36 12498 82 11/1935 #  
378 TRIAGULUM O BHM 1586 19.6.36 12528 89 a 04/36   matts site
379 TYDD U RICK 143 16.3.37 12739 183 02/1937 #  
380 URANUS K BREN 529 3.9.35 12486 75 08/1935   sold to J.Knill then onto S Barlows 1/55 cut in half in the 80's fore end kept name stern called HINEROA. URANUS at Wombourne. HINEROA at Norton Canes GUCC A-H
381 URSA M RICK 45 17.9.35 12408 94 08/1935   sold to Ovaltine
382 UTTOXETER U RICK 145 20.4.37 NONE 184 03/1937 #  
383 VELA K BREN 492 24.7.35 12398 98 07/1935 # Shortened in late 1960s, two halves of VELA exist as separate boats both with motor counters. back to front conversion 4/92. fs 10/01 GUCC I-Z
384 VIRGINIS K BREN 541 25.9.35 12439 50 09/1935 # camper with 106 in 90 on bank at Foxton 01
385 WIVENHOE U RICK 146 20.4.37 12765 185 03/1937 #  
386 YEOVIL U RICK 148 20.4.37 12745 186 03/1937 #  
387 ZENITH P RICK 69 19.5.36 12511 64 04/1936   sold to Samuel Barlows 12/42
  MARY  B TRIN 109 5.2.29 12181 46 02/1929   sld. maint: converted paired with George 11/88. based at Stockton GUc For full history see May 2008 Waterways World. GUCC I-Z

 

Key to GUCC List.

BOAT TYPES
 
A. 5 Motors & 7 Butties purchased from other carriers
 
ROYALTY CLASS .
B. Prototype steel pair built by Steel Barrel Co. Ltd Uxbridge 1929
E 2 wooden butties by Bushell Bros Tring 1931
F 2 wooden butties by W.H.Walker & Bros Ltd Rickmansworth 1931
G 2 wooden butties by Edward G Woods Brentford 1931
 
STAR CLASS .
H 2 prototype wooden pairs by Harland & Wolff Woolwich 1934/35
I 3 prototype wooden pairs by Walkers 34/35
J 1 prototype wooden pair by Woods 1934
K 24 iron composite pairs by H&W 1935 (Small Woolwich)
L 12 iron composite pairs by Yarwoods 1935 (Small Northwich)
M 6 wooden pairs by Walkers 1935 (Small Ricky)
N 18 steel comp. pairs by H&W 1935 (Small Woolwich)
O 8 steel composite pairs by Yarwoods 1935/36 (middle Northwich)
P 12 wooden pairs by Walkers 35/36 (small ricky) & Q 2 wooden pairs by Woods 35/36
TOWN CLASS .
R 24 steel pairs by H&W 1936 (Large Woolwich)
U 62 wooden butties by Walkers 1936-38 (Large Ricky)
 
PAIRINGS .
These indicate the companies intended pairings, all the early deliveries worked together
in the fleet to start with, but some of the later town class boats - owing to wide
disparity in delivery dates from the different builders involved - never did.
 
GAUGINGS .
X before the number indicates an Oxford Canal No.
 
BOAT NAME WITH # .
Indicates boat was still with the GUCC fleet on 1st Jan 1948 when the company
was nationalised D&I.W.E of the B.T.C
 
MARGIN NOTES .
(a) :- 282 - Glaxy probably intended to be called Galaxy
330 - Phoebe only boat in fleet with fore cabin as boatman worked with 2 grown up sons
378 - Triagulum probably intended to be called Triangulum
 
(b) :- These boats were registered more than once
263 - Countess - Rick 56 18.2.36
226 - Banbury - Rick 162 15.6.37
306 - Lyra - Bren 539 25.9.35
262 - Count - Rick 55 8.1.36
273 - Duchess - Dav 499 15.5.34
 
 
UNTIL EARLY 1937 BOATS WERE NUMBERED MOTORS A
AND BUTTIES B ; THEN FULL NUMBERS WERE INTRODUCED
 

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