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Samuel Barlow Coal Carrying Co. Ltd

 

Through the years the name BARLOW has been used by several companies involved in the carriage of coal. Samuel Barlow (born 1847) started it all. He was the son of a boatman; he married in 1867 aged 20, and started his own business carrying coal from the local mines. After only three years, in 1870, he took the opportunity to move to larger premises at Glascote, near Tamworth, situated in the centre of a rapidly developing coalfield. Several members of his family started to work for him carrying coal long distance from the Tamworth area on a fleet of ten boats. The Glascote premises were enhanced in 1890 by the addition of a new house with offices and stabling adjoining. Samuel Barlow died suddenly in 1894 at the age of 47, leaving a wife and two sons to carry on the business. Trade flourished. Barlows bought a number of previously used boats and built a number of new day boats, the latter intended specifically for the local trade. (Note: - A day boat was equipped with a very small shelter, instead of a full cabin. It was therefore only suitable for short duration daytime use). Expansion continued apace well into First World War (1914 - 1918) further funding for this expansion being provided by the firm becoming a limited company in 1916. Samuel Barlow (Tamworth) Ltd. had local backers, as well as distant relatives of the family as directors. John Barlow, Samuel's son was the General Manager, but, as a result of disagreement with other directors when they gave trade away to other companies, he sold most of his shareholding in 1919. The same year the company moved their head office to the centre of Birmingham. By continuing to buy up small companies and their boats, and the building of several further day boats, the company's fleet numbered almost 70 craft by 1930. In 1931 the name was changed to "Samuel Barlow Coal Carrying Company Ltd." and, through being one of the largest coal carriers on the canals, continued to develop; although by this time with railway competition beginning to take it's toll many of Barlows competitors had begun to fall by the wayside. The policy of buying second hand boats continued, along with the further purchase of new boats, many of them built by Nursers of Braunston, a yard that Barlows eventually acquired for themselves in 1941. 

DAPHNE No 48, built Nursers of Braunston 1938.

It was after the end of the Second World War (1939 - 1945) that the decline of the company begun. Several factors contributed to this: - coal was increasingly carried by both road and rail, mines near the canals in the Midlands were becoming exhausted and therefore closing, new factories were no longer built alongside the canals, and the new pits that opened were inevitably some distance from the canal, making carriage by water impractical. There was also a marked increase of the use of fuel oil by industry. Trade diminished to such an extent that by 1957 Barlows operated only 24 boat and butty sets and 10 day boats. By the end of 1961 only seven sets were left, and the following year, 1962, saw the final end of operations, and the sale of the Braunston yard and the few remaining boats in the fleet to "Blue Line Cruisers". Barlows had a reputation throughout their history on the canals for the decoration of their boats. The finely detailed and elaborate artwork, especially on the butties, was a tradition that was continued right up to the very end.

.......GRACE No 88 at Worcester Bar in 1975.

For a full history of the company see Narrowboat magazine.

Name / Fleet No. / Source / When joined fleet / Registered / Date Reg'd / Gauging No. / Gauging date / Other information

VIOLET   1 08/1921 BERK 519 29.8.21     Ex W.H.Bowater
YARMOUTH 100 F 11/1942 B'HAM 1313 1.5.14      
WASP (M) 28 N 03/1937 DAV 484 16.3.37      
ROSIE AGNES 79 R 09/1935 DAV 468 3.9.35 OC 5621 16.1.29 In some pictures she was numbered 23
SPEEDWELL (M) 12 X 09/1935 DAV 469 3.9.35 G 11785 18.7.14 ?
NELSON (M) 29 Z 09/1935 DAV 470 3.9.35 OC 5645 5.9.35 ?
JASON (M) 30 Z 09/1935 DAV 471 3.9.35 OC 5587 30.6.25 ?
HOOD (M) 32 N 01/1936 DAV 472 21.1.36 OC 5648 4.3.36 Barlows Photos
CROXLEY (M) 36 O 05/1936 DAV 474 5.5.36 OC 5629 26.1.32 ex JAMES NIXON
JACK 38 O 05/1936 DAV 475 5.5.36 OC 5548 12.2.24 " " " renamed JOHN 3/36
PROSPER (M) 33 O 06/1936 DAV 478 9.6.36 OC 5633 24.4.33 Ex. Harry Humphries
DORA 8 O 06/1936 DAV 477 9.6.36 OC 5524 1.9.22 " "
TIGER (M) 41 N 09/1936 DAV 481 29.9.36 OC 5654 23.10.36 ?
DRAKE +37 64 N 12/1936 DAV 482 22.12.36 OC 5636 11.2.37 ?
WASP (M) 38 N 03/1937 DAV 484 16.3.37 OC 5659 5.5.37 ?
OLIVE ROSE 56 O 12/1937 DAV 487 21.12.37 OC 5461 21.4.10 Ex. John Humphries
CLARA 55 O 12/1937 DAV 493 22.11.38 OC 5576 5.6.25 " "
BEATTY (M) 47 Y 12/1937 TAM 163 1.1.38 OC 5660 20.12.37 BEATTY was the only composite steel boat built new for Barlows Unusually, built with steel sides and an elm wood bottom. She has an Armstrong Siddeley 21 HP 2 cylinder diesel engine. Occupied in carrying coal from the Warwickshire coal fields to London and Oxford via the Grand Union Canal and the Oxford Canal from 1937 to about 1961 Sold to Jack Craddock of Wolverhampton in 1961 for conversion to an eight berth cruising boat. Timber cabin constructed by Waltons; fitted out by Jack Craddock at Brewood on the Shropshire Union Canal. Bought by Martin Grundy in 1968. Used by the Grundy family since then for extensive cruising over most of the waterways system. Beatty won ‘Best Converted Narrowboat’ at Guildford National Rally in 1970. The original timber boatman’s cabin was replaced in 1986 with a new steel cabin by David Harris at Coseley, near Wolverhampton. It has been refitted, using some of the old cabin furniture, including the table cupboard with original painting by George Crowshaw. In early 2006 the boat was completely rebottomed, using opepe to replace the worn out elm. This also involved replacement of most of the keelson. This work was carried out by Malcolm Webster on Worsley Dry Dock. The original timber conversion has now been replaced with a replica steel cabin, retaining the lines and style of the 1960’s cabin. This work was carried out by Simon Wain of Brinklow Boat Services. BEATTY Pic Barlows Photos
MARY 20 N 02/1938 DAV 488 15.3.38 OC 5661 18.5.38 ?
DAPHNE (M) 48 N 07/1938 DAV 491 5.7.38 OC 5663 30.8.38 unc.8/99
SUSAN (M) 25 O 11/1938 DAV 496 6.6.39 OC 5585 24.9.36 Ex Michael Ward (Trust to me)
VIOLET 90 O 11/1938 DAV 497 6.6.39 OC 5520 20.3.22 " " (Perseverance)
VIPER (M) 68 O 05/1939 DAV 494 9.5.39 OC 5455 8.6.09 Ex. Alfred Buckler
NATHAN 69 O 05/1939 DAV 495 9.5.39 OC 5494 21.10.14 " " as Walter Nathan
THE ROCKET (M) 24 O 11/1939 DAV 509 24.9.40 OC 5639 25.2.35 Ex. Joseph Grantham
FORGET-ME-NOT 26 O 11/1939 DAV 510 24.9.40 OC 5616 5.6.28 Built 1927 at Lees & Atkins Boatyard in Polesworth, Staffordshire, a horse drawn boat which was fitted with a Bolinder semi diesel engine in 1929. This was replaced with a four cylinder petrol/paraffin engine in 1959.  Her original owner, Henry Grantham, worked her from Coventry to the works of John Dickinson in Hemel Hempstead carrying coal until 1938 when he lost the contract to the Grand Union Canal Carrying Company. The firm of Samuel Barlow bought her in 1941 and renamed her SARAH. In 1959 she was sold to Dick Evans who converted her to a live aboard vessel and she was based at Burghfield on the River Kennet until 1971. There was a gap in her history until 1977 when she was to be found at David Jones Boatyard in Chester. She was eventually bought in 1987 by the Wooden Canal Craft Trust to be rebuilt to her original design. On Friday 23 November 2006, FORGET ME NOT and LILITH participated in the Bugsworth protest rally against British Waterways funding cuts held over the weekend of 24 - 25 November. Gunwales have now been fitted to the back end of the hold, and one of the top bends is due to be renewed. New cloths of good quality cotton tarpaulin have been donated. The back bulkhead of the cabin has been tidied up, sanded down and primed, ready for painting a new mosque when the weather improves. The cabin paintwork has also been smartened up. FORGET ME NOT'S back cabin is no longer in use as a brew hut and she is on public view. Forget Me Not Barlows Photos
GORT (M) 17 N 12/1939 DAV 499 19.12.39 OC 5666 16.4.40 Based at Brinklow fully converted photo Barlows Photos
IRONSIDE 65 N 02/1940 DAV 500 12.3.40 OC 5665 4.3.40 Sometimes numbered 46. Bow only extant at Runcorn.
CHRISTINE (M) 71 O 06/1940 DAV 507 27.8.40 G 12081 22.1.23 Ex. Joseph Bray
PERCY 7 B 11/1919          
PERSEVERANCE   R 04/1922 COV 470 6.4.22     reregistered TAM 28 15.1.27
ACONITE 54 O 11/1916 COV 451 11.12.19     Ex Joseph Phipkin
ALICE 68 O 06/1928 TAM 49 30.6.28     Ex Sidney Strong
AMARANTH 52 O 11/1916         Ex Joseph Phipkin
HILDA (M) 41 Q 12/1929 TAM 78 8.2.30      
HOOD (M) 32 N 01/1936 DAV 472 21.1.36     Barlows Photos
HOPE 77 Q 12/1929 TAM 77 8.2.30      
INTEGRITY 85 M 01/1941 DAV 255 25.9.07      
ANNIE   O 10/1928 TAM 55 20.10.28      
ANN (M) 106 G 07/1949 DAV 546 19.7.49      
JEAN   B 02/1926 TAM 12 13.2.26      
JENNIE   T 06/1918 COV 435 6.6.18      
THOMAS 25 O 01/1929 TAM 63 12.1.29     Ex William Wood
THOMAS 72 O 06/1940 DAV 501 4.6.40 G 11958 25.8.30 Ex Joseph Bray
BRIAN (M) 74 H 06/1940 DAV 502 2.7.40 OC 5478 18.5.11  
UNA 75 H 06/1940 DAV 503 30.7.40 OC 5607 21.10.27  
ANNIE 70 L 07/1940 TAM 167 23.7.40 G 11571 26.10.06  
APSLEY (M) 58 O 07/1940 DAV 518 1.7.41 OC 5608 28.10.27 Ex. Ernest Carter
THREE SISTERS 64 O 07/1940 DAV 504 30.7.40 G 11739 4.5.11 " "
MILLER 73 E 07/1940 TAM 168 10.8.40 OC 5187 16.3.06  
DAN (M) 66 O 08/1940 DAV 511 24.9.40 OC 5579 25.7.25 Ex. Daniel Doughty Renamed STIRLING 4/43
NELL 67 O 08/1940 DAV 505 27.8.40 G 11932 30.4.25 " "
DAISY 76 J 08/1940 DAV 506 27.8.40 OC 5591 22.6.26  
HARDY (M) 16 N 09/1940 DAV 512 24.9.40 OC 5667 15.10.40 Fore cabin. '96 was at Nottingham complete rebuild taking place and almost complete at the Pink Floyd "bridge" at Wolfhampcote.
OXFORD   O 04/1921 COV 463 7.4.21     Ex John Humphries
DAFFODIL   O 05/1924 BANB 64       Ex John Wilson
DORIS   1 05/1921 BHAM 1404 20.5.21     Ex Charles Marsden Ltd
ELIZABETH   O 10/1928 TOWC 257 7.11.11     Ex Thos Lapworth
EUSTON   O 03/1923 BERK 456 26.3.23     Ex William Henry King
FINANCIER   1 12/1922 STOKE 825       Ex Samuel Allsopp Ltd
KIDSGROVE 101 F 11/1942 B'HAM 1281 31.1.13      
BETTY 16   11/1922 COV 459 30.10.24     Ex Courtaulds
CROXLEY (M) 36 O 02/1936 DAV 474 5.5.36     Ex James Nixon
DEFIANCE 46 O 01/1919 TOWC 284 1925     Ex John Barlow
KATHERINE 90 A 04/1941 TAM 175 19.4.41 OC 5510 20.2.40 ?
STANLEIGH 87 M 04/1941 TAM 176 19.4.41 OC 5618 9.7.28  
DOE 76 Q 12/1929 TAM 82 8.2.30      
DOROTHY 35 B 01/1926 TAM 8 16.1.26      
STUART 88 M 04/1941 TAM 177 17.5.41 OC 5617 9.7.28  
MAFEKING 86 M 04/1941 DAV 514 6.5.41 G 11953 27.6.29 Sometimes numbered 41 converted to residential use for sale 4/91 & 1/99
PRETORIA 84 M 04/1941 DAV 517 1.7.41 G 11950 27.4.29  
MAY 91 Z 04/1941 DAV 513 6.5.41 B 625 23.3.23  
VULTURE   1 1/1919 BERK 399 15.1.19     Ex L.B.Faulkner
PROSPERITY   T 2/1920 COV 422 19.1.21      
SHAMROCK   1 1/1919 COV 437 09.1.19     Ex John Biddle, Upton
KELLY (M) 82 O 05/1941 DAV 515 3.6.41 OC 5491 5.11.12 Ex David Hambridge "FairTrader" New cabin 1946 TAM 196 Regd
LITTLE MARVEL 83 O 05/1941 DAV 516 3.6.41 OC 5606 4.8.27 " "
SARAH (M) 80 O 07/1941 DAV 519 29.7.41 G 11951 6.5.29 Ex. Harry Grantham "FORGET ME NOT". Owned by the Wooden Canal Boat Society
JANE 81 O 07/1941 DAV 520 26.8.41 G 11964 19.5.32 " " "Sarah Jane"
PRINCE (M) 46 S 09/1941 DAV 521 23.9.41 OC 5668 3.10.41 Owned by Bert Dunkley toured the system extensively. Broken Up
RODNEY (M) 92 F 09/1941 DAV 522 21.10.41 G 12140 18.10.26 Ex. HECLA. Ended up as a jetty at Harefield.
WINSTON (M) 93 S 04/1942 DAV 523 5.5.42 OC 5669 27.4.42 Renamed. ALEC soon after launch
ADMIRAL (M) 45 F 05/1942 DAV 524 2.6.42 G 12157 30.11.26  
BELGIUM 94 F 08/1942 TAM 188 19.9.42 G 11577 25.4.07  
NORTHOLT 95 F 08/1942 TAM 189 19.9.42 B 17712 11.5.01 renamed Sunny Valley for the film 'Painted Boats' and has remained so ever since.
DRAKE 27 N 12/1936 DAV 482 22.12.36      
DORIS 89 M 01/1941 COV 338 29.10.07      
KENT (M) 33 S 11/1942 DAV 527 15.12.42 OC 5672 25.1.43 Called PETER PAN in the late 1960s, briefly. Engine reported as being a Lister JP 2 in the 1980s. Conv based on Aylesbury Arm.
CAIRO (M) 96 G 12/1942 DAV 528 15.12.42 G 12146 18.6.35 Ex. PHOENIX. GU12416
MONTGOMERY 97 G 12/1942 DAV 529 15.12.42 G 12511 10.6.36 Ex. ZENITH. " "Sometimes numbered 97
KINETON 102 F 04/1943 DAV 530 6.4.43 B 22071 24.4.14  
NEPTUNE (M) 104 G 04/1943 DAV 532 6.4.43 G 12381 28.3.34 Ex. NEPTUNE. Ricky Sometimes numbered 66
YORK 105 G 04/1943 DAV 533 6.4.43 OC 5674 5.5.43 Ex. OCTANS. Never registered for GUCC
HALIFAX (M) 106 G 05/1943 DAV 535 1.6.43 G 12359 12.2.35 Ex. ALDEBARAN. Renamed ANN.7/49
MOSQUITO 107 G 05/1943 DAV 534 1.6.43 G 12372 12.3.35 x. SPICA. On Basingstoke canal re named RIVENDELL received section 8 notice broken up Streethay wharf '98
MALTA (M) 44 S 06/1943 DAV 536 28.6.43 OC 5675 25.6.43

 In June 1943, her cabin was registered as a dwelling and, at that time, her Master was E. Carter.  However for most of her working life she was steered by Sidney Gibbons. As a coal carrier, she would have had a hard life working round the Midlands coal fields – Birmingham, Coventry, Daventry and Braunston, with an occasional trip down to London. c. 1955 her 14/18 hp Petter diesel engine (which was secondhand when installed) must have given up the ghost and she was refitted with the more powerful Lister JP2 diesel engine, increasing her horsepower to 21 hp. In her working lifetime she was often paired with ‘Grace’ but she was also seen paired with butty Elsie (Banbury, June 1958). In 1962 Samuel Barlow Coal Company was sold lock, stock and barrel to Blue Line Cruisers Ltd, also at Braunston, who later became Blue Line Carriers Ltd.  They were only to keep ‘Malta’ for a couple of years for, around 1965, with the demise of working boats on the canals, she was sold into private ownership. ‘Malta’ is recorded as being at the Charity Dock in 1981. In January 1984, ‘Malta’ was donated to NWMIN by Mrs Rodway.  She was in a poor condition and described as useful only as scrap or to go in the Boat Hall.  She was brought to Ellesmere Port from Coventry. Sadly little could be done for her and, within a few years, Malta fell apart.  Her bow end remains on the slipway at Ellesmere Port.

IONA 109 S 04/1944 DAV 537 2.5.44 OC 5677 12.7.44 trip boat. 66. Marple
GERTRUDE 31 S 03/1945 DAV 539 3.4.45     converted. for sale . 10/88. 7/99 + 4/00 sunk at Newbury and later broken up.
WARWICK 89 G 11/1945 DAV 540 8.1.46 G 12547 25.6.36 Ex. ETHIOPIA. on Basingstoke canal, renamed LODORE
CYLGATE 34 O 06/1946 DAV 542 15.10.46 OC 5625 3.6.30 Ex. Alfred Hone
OXFORD 49 O 06/1946 DAV 543 15.10.46 G 11949 26.4.29 " " DUKE OF YORK
CLARA (M) 68 P 08/1947 DAV 544 19.8.47 G 11972 19.12.34 Bought from Ken Keay 1976 towed by AVON back to Bailey Grove just below Langley Mill but the owner lost heart and broke it up and burned the timbers 1977 Barlows Photos
PHYLLIS 71 P 08/1947 TAM 187 19.9.42 OC 5492 16.11.14  
IAN (M) 43 S 01/1948 DAV 545 6.1.48     converted for sale. 7/88. Attended Crick 2000 on dock at Stretton, North Oxford Canal. Restoration pretty much complete
GRACE 88 S 06/1951 DAV 547 19.6.51     Broken Up Gayton '82
COLUMBA (M) 36 K 01/1955 DAV 563 27.10.59 G 12476 16.3.36 x. GUCC GUCC A-H
URANUS 69 K 01/1955 DAV 561 25.11.58 G 12486 25.3.36 " "Motorised butty boat at Wombourne GUCC A-H
KENELM (M) 37 K 01/1955 DAV 557 17.12.57 G 12764 25.3.38 x. EPSOM. GUCC
LUCY 63 K 01/1955 DAV 548 24.2.53     Went into Blue Line fleet. derelict @ Cosgrove 2000. Now with new owners and awaiting restoration at Braunston. She is currently part of a proposal to restore her for charity. See index page of this website for further details. LUCY Barlows Photos
MATILDA 67 K 01/1955 DAV 560 25.11.58 G 12607 5.11.36 Ex THEA  GUCC. until 91 houseboat at Rickmansworth poor counter. Rebuilt WFBCo. Now 57ft tug based at Stockton, Grand Union
DUCHESS 32   05/1921 B'HAM 1403 20.5.21     Ex Charles Marden Ltd
GALERA 53 O 11/1916 B'HAM 1364 16.11.17     Ex Joseph Phipkin
FORWARD 26   11/1927 TAM 41 17.12.27     Ex H Johnson Ltd
FIREFLY 17   02/1919 COV 367 26.10.20     Ex Charles Newman
ELLEN 9 O 09/1923 BERK 520 24.9.23     Ex David Neal
ELLEN       TAM 9 16.1.26     above boat reregistered.
CAPTAIN 65 U 03/1927 TAM 31 7.5.27      
CORONIA 34 B 03/1924 TOWC 282 30.6.24      
CHARLES 41 O 12/1919 BANB       Ex William Kent
GWENDOLINE 80 Q 12/1929 TAM 81 8.2.30      
MERCURY (M) 7 F 08/1943 W'TON 1120 13.6.26      
MALVERN 99 F 11/1942 B'HAM 1512 5.10.28      
LION (M) 78 Q 12/1929 TAM 80 8.2.30      
LILY OF THE VALLEY 55 O 11/1916 TAM 11 13.2.26     Ex Joseph Phipkin
OTTER (M) 2 Q 12/1929 TAM 76 8.2.30      
OXFORD 29 R 01/1927 TAM 27 15.1.27      
PRINCESS MAY 56 O 11/1917 B'HAM 1363 16.11.17     Ex Harry Humphries
PROGRESS 27 O 12/1919 B'HAM 1383 19.12.1919     Ex William Kent
STIRLING (M) 66 O 03/1943 DAV 531 6.4.43     Renamed ex DAN
ROGER (M) 39 H 04/1955 DAV 550 26.6.56 G 12490 27.3.36 rebuilt. Rick.8/99  Barlows Photos
DAPHNE 73 H 04/1955 TRING 130 2.12.58 OC 5624 28.3.30  
JIMMY (M) 40 H 04/1955 TRING 132 6.2.51 G 12480 23.3.36 Ex. ISIS. GUCC. conv@Uxbridge. Very poor condition 1999
IRENE 74 H 04/1955 TRING 129 2.12.58 G 12535 20.6.36 Ex. SARPEDON. GUCC.
HECTOR 78 W 06/1956 RICK 51 5.11.35 G 12470 12.3.36 Ex. GUCC
SUNNY VALLEY 95 F 06/1944 DAV 538 27.6.44     Ex NORTHOLT renamed for film.
THREE SISTERS 23 O 12/1917 B'HAM 1365 14.12.17     Ex George Ayres
TWO SISTERS 79 Q 12/1929 TAM 79 8.2.30      
WARWICK 6   01/1919 COV 450 11.12.19     Ex Charles Marsden Ltd
LOBELIA 47 O 11/1916 TOWC 272 14.11.16     Ex Joseph Phipkin
LOBELIA 47     TAM 136 13.10.34      
MADGE 52 N 03/1926 TAM 16 10.4.26      
ELSIE 62 S 10/1956 DAV 552 30.10.56      
BLAKE (M) 56 B 02/1957 TAM 198 25.10.47 G 12510 10.6.36 Ex. MIZAR. GUCC
FRANKLYN (M) 57 B 02/1957 TAM 208 30.10.54 B 1243 29.9.11 Ex VANGUARD. FMC
HAWKE (M) 60 B 02/1957 TAM 209 20.4.57 G 12520 15.6.36 Ex  CASTOR. GUCC
HOOD (M) 58 B 02/1957 TAM 190 13.11.43 OC 5676 9.11.43 fs 81.Ashwood at Ivinghoe HOOD Barlows Photos
HYPERION (M) 59 B 02/1957 DAV 555 29.10.57 G 12448 28.11.35 Ex. GUCC. Still Carrying GUCC A-H
UNION JACK (M) 45 B 02/1957 TAM 185 19.9.42 OC 5612 8.12.27 Ex JOSEPHINE MARGUERITE built Walker Bros for Rupert Craven sold to ACC then onto GUCC. 1940 sold to George Wood who sub'd for Barlows, he sold it to S.E. in '42 entered Barlows fleet when the bought the S.E. business in '57 and was sold into private ownership 1960. It may have been broken up in Coventry in the mid 70's, I do however remember a motor of the same name being on or around Keays Walsall dock at about the same time.
DRAKE 70 B 02/1957 TAM 204 5.4.52 G 12562 26.8.36 Ex PHAETHON. GUCC
HARDY 72 B 02/1957 TAM 199 25.10.47 G 12560 25.8.36 Ex MEDUSA. GUCC. S.Barlow Anchor Works 108.Tamworth
RODNEY 75 B 02/1957 TAM 197 26.7.47 B 989 1.1.25  
SUSAN 77 B 02/1957 TAM 195 25.4.46 OC 5553 16.6.24  
HAZEL 82 S 07/1957 DAV 553 9.7.57    

Information supplied by present owner :-

Since leaving service from Barlows fleet she was converted to a 10 berth hire boat for Wyvern shipping company of Leighton buzzard, this included the building of a cabin over the cargo hull and the removal of the original boatmans/back cabin, this space used for her conversion to a motorised butty boat by becoming the home for the engine and was like an early version
of the cruiser sterns that are seen today on the canals. I have been told that her bow was rebuilt 20 years or so ago and from what I
know it was rebuilt by John Whalley but I am unsure of the builder?
When I took charge of the boat one of the jobs that I wanted to do was to rebuild the back cabin as it was pre-hire boat times and this is now in place and has now become the home of her new engine, a reconditioned Lister
SR3. I have managed to dry dock the boat 2 times in 4 years, this summer was the most recent but she does need a lot more time spending on her. Barlows Photos

BENBOW (M) 49 C 09/1957 DAV 558 17.12.57 G 12750 14.3.38 Ex BATH. GUCC. Still carrying GUCC A-H
PRINCESS 68 C 09/1957 DAV 562 12.5.59 G 12384 8.10.35 Ex. CETUS. GUCC Converted to motor based on Shroppie GUCC A-H
RAYMOND 42 S 06/1958 DAV 559 2.9.58     launched 1958, was mainly used to carry coal from the Midlands to London. Towed first by motor Roger and then by NUTFIELD. Throughout their working life they were operated by Arthur and Rose Bray and her son Ernie Kendal. One of the more famous jobs was carrying coal from Atherstone to the Kearley & Tonge jam factory at Southall, known as the 'Jam 'Ole Run'. Trade ceased in 1970 but the Brays continued to live aboard until, in 1980, they sold Raymond to Jim Doris Collins who lived aboard until 1993. In 1996, Raymond was acquired by the 'Friends of Raymond' who carried out restoration. Barlows Photos
CAEN (M) 104     TAM 193 42-46 G 1213?   S.Barlow Boat Builders Tamworth
ALEC (M) 93     DAV 525       Numbered 52 in some photos
DRAGONFLY 9 O 02/1919 COV 407 8.7.19     Ex Charles Newman No. 1, Canal Carrier Glascote
MADGE 52 N 03/1926 TAM 16 10.4.26      
MINNIE   T 08/1921 BERK 518 29.8.21      
NAUTILUS   O 03/1923 BERK 424 26.3.23     Ex William Henry King
NELLIE   O 05/1927 TAM 32 7.5.27     Ex J.B.Williams
CYLGATE 34 O   DAV 412   OC5625   this is taken from a photo according to reference sources she was registered 542 DAVENTRY.

 

Key to Samuel Barlow List

Narrowboats entering the
Samuel Barlow Coal Co. fleet from 1935
Key:-
A-ex Chas Abell Ltd. Hartshill Quarries, Atherstone
B-ex S.E.Barlow. Tamworth
C-ex Coronet Canal Carrying Co. Ltd
E-ex Alfred Hone. Banbury
F-ex FMC Ltd. Birmingham
G-ex Grand Union Canal Carrying Co. Ltd. London
H-ex Arthur Harvey-Taylor. Aylesbury
J-ex Jees Harthill Granite & Brick Co. Ltd. Atherstone
K-ex John Knill & Son. London & Braunston
L-ex Thomas Lapworth. Marsworth
M-ex Moira Colliery Co. Ashby
N-New boat built by Nursers. Braunston
O-ex Number One
P-ex British Paper Co. Ltd. Frogmore
Q-ex British Portland Cement
R-ex Joseph Rice, Stroud. Gloucester
S-New boat built by Samuel Barlow Coal Co.Ltd. Braunston
T-ex Sephtons
U-Lees & Atkins, Polesworth
W-ex A.Wander Ltd. Kings Langley (Ovaltine)
X-ex John Griffiths. Bedworth
Y-New boat built by W.J.Yarwood & Sons Ltd. Northwich Z-ex Charles Nelson & Co. Ltd. Stockton
1-Other
sources :- BARLOWS .Alan.H.Faulkner. Roger Fullers Website. Waterways World for sale columns and various others

 

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