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Photos of FMC boats

ACACIA in the 50's looking as if it is nr Brewood on the Shroppie.

ACACIA in the present day fully converted and moored in Norton Canes 

ALDER - bow section

ALDER - stern section

APOLLO converted to a trip boat

APOLLO heading away from Stoke Bruerne 2008

ASTER nearest the camera

AUSTRALIA here with GUCC motor ARCHIMEDES

BARON looking like shes got about 24 tons of chippings in the hold.

BARONESS as a steamer

BISON ex FMC in her BW days

BISON converted to residential use.

BRAMBLE pre lengthening and restoration to carrying condition

This version of BREAM is the original stern with a joey boat fore end.

This is the fore end of BREAM with a purpose built stern giving a full length motor.

CAMEL

CHILTERN on display at Ellesmere Museum and being allowed to rot away.

CLENT

CLOVER 

COLUMBIA stern of ex FMC motor, for full details of her story see FMC pages.

DACE

DOLPHIN in the 70's

DORY

DOVE, we have a whole page dedicated to the restoration of DOVE see FMC entry for details.

DRAGON

These two photos are of EMPRESS on the Shroppie in '91 (approx) she is an ex steamer from the FMC fleet. Recent information points to EMPRESS being EMPEROR. EMPRESS was scrapped by Ernie Thomas, with EMPEROR being renamed for some reason

ENGLAND

FALCON and VENICE in a tranquil setting.

FERRET at Ellesmere port museum.

FORWARD - going Backward

FRANCE now known as JASON

GORSE

GOSPORT on the inside and BASCOTE outside 

HAMPTON and OWL restored to beautiful condition.

JACKAL (fore end only)

JUBILEE ex Midlands and Coast and FMC

KANGAROO

KILDARE

LAMPREY

LAPWING

LILY entering Soulbury locks

LING with modern BW cabin on S&W canal.

LUPIN

MALVERN

MARQUIS

MENDIP (J.Payler)

MINNOW

MONARCH

Northwich here with President

NORWIND stern of butty NORWAY as a 40ft pleasure boat, paintwork was by myself as she was owned by my uncle, H Foster.

OWL with HAMPTON

PANTHER

PEACOCK

PETREL

PLOVER 

PRESIDENT with butty

 

ROACH trans shipping coal to the NBT pair

SHAD

This set of three photo's were taken at Stretton Aqueduct on the Shroppie (Industry Narrowboats) the boats are (from bank) Sultan (ex-FMC Steamer) I have been informed that this boat is actually BARONESS (also ex-FMC steamer) renamed by Ernie Thomas after he had the original SULTAN cut up in the 50's. My grandfather recounted a tale to me of coming round the turn at Birchills to see a steamer on the bank being cut up for scrap, even in those days it upset him to see such a magnificent boat being chopped up. He went on to own the VULCAN also ex steamer, also in shot are Bream (Fish class FMC Motor) and Birmingham (Woolwich Motor)

TENCH as she is today.

TROUT at Shardlow

VANGUARD

MALLARD ex VICTORY 90's

renamed VICTORY she is otherwise unchanged today

VULCAN as she would probably have been seen approx 80 years ago, moored within Braunston basin.

 

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