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Independent Trent & Mersey Carriers

This page is for the number of companies trading on the Trent & Mersey and predominantly carrying both salt and pottery materials. Salt from the salt works and finished pottery to the North West ports and the raw materials for the pottery trade as back loads made up a large part of the carrying along with the ubiquitous coal to fire both the salt pans and the kilns of the potters.

For extensive histories of these fleets and the companies I highly recommend NARROWBOAT magazine produced by Waterways World.

Link : - Narrowboat magazine.

B LONDON J WALLEY   STOKE 654    
B ELLESMERE " "   STOKE 704    
B EUSTON " "   STOKE 752    
             
M SILVER JUBILEE POTTER & SONS.   STOKE   sold to Peter Keay
M SUNSHINE " "   924 STOKE   Waterways world 3/94 1959 picture
B SUNLIGHT " "   951 STOKE   became day boat on the BCN after leaving POTTERS
             
B NORA ANDERTON Co.Ltd   Runcorn 1104 10/02/1912  
B MILLICENT " "   Runcorn 925 12.1.92  
B MILLICENT " " 258 856 STOKE 22.2.23  
B BOVIC " "   Runcorn 955 7.7.93 Sold but later bought back into the fleet. 4/90
B BOVIC " "   955 STOKE 19.6.49 Ex Jos. Beardmore, West Fenton
B OHIO " "        
B CYMRIC " "   Runcorn    
B CLARA " "   895 STOKE 28.4.27 at Cropredy on the Oxford Canal. All for sale, contact Ian Staples 01295 758 438.
B AMERICA " "   RUNCORN 1104 14.6.00  
B DARLASTON " "   833 STOKE 29.7.44 EX J & G MEAKIN Hanley, sold to Mersey Weaver '53 when ACC ceased carrying passed onto BTC when MW ceased and reregistered at Northwich
B THAMES " " 38 Runcorn 1034 11.06.02 CotC 3/88
B THAMES " "   808 STOKE 30.3.16  
B DUDLEY " "   846 STOKE 24.11.21  
B DAISY " " 116 RUNCORN 1089 13.4.10  
M BERGEN " "   944 STOKE 1.12.38 Ex horse boat KATE motorised, converted 2/55; WE Brown.
B MEDIC " "   RUNCORN 1012 12.4.00 broken up at Ashton on BWB orders.
M NORWAY " "   899 STOKE 20.10.27 abandoned below top lock of Stone flight broken up late 70's
M DORSET " "   Stoke on Trent 941 28.5.38 BCN 2392 Butty / horse boat but conv. to motor. Sold to Staffs Chemicals of Tunstall '48, and then E K Ebblewhite. Engine : The original Petter semi diesel (hot bulb) . Owned by same person since 1972.
B ADONIS " "   842 STOKE 20.10.21 Ex SURCC
B ADVANCE " "   RUNCORN 1017 17.7.00  
B AFRICA " "   RUNCORN 1020 31.10.00  
B ALICE " "   857 STOKE 31.5.23 Converted to motor STOCKHOLM
B ANNE " "   798 STOKE 25.3.15  
B AVON " "   RUNCORN 1093 18.11.10  
M BEDFORD " "   937 STOKE 30.11.37  
B BENEFACTOR " "   847 STOKE 24.11.21 Ex SURCC
B BOMBAY " "   RUNCORN 1039 16.2.03  
B BOSTON " "   459 STOKE 20.1.04 Ex Middleport Mills Co
B BRUSSELS " "   803 STOKE 28.10.15  
B CANTON " "   RUNCORN 1041 8.4.03  
B CATHERINE " "   854 STOKE 28.12.22  
B CEDRIC " "   RUNCORN 1032 5.3.02  
B CEYLON " "   RUNCORN 1044 7.9.03  
B CHINA " "   RUNCORN 1015 14.6.00  
B CLYDE " "   RUNCORN 1051 13.4.04  
B COMET " "   RUNCORN 1078 19.3.08  
B CONGLETON " "   907 STOKE 2.4.31 Ex Caldwell & Co
B DANUBE " "   RUNCORN 1038 7.2.03  
B DART " "   796 STOKE 15.10.14 New Build
B DEE " "   RUNCORN 1049 20.2.04  
B DENMARK " "   RUNCORN 1021 26.11.00 Converted to motor
M DENMARK " "   905 STOKE 30.10.29 Ex Horse boat Above
B DOVE " "   RUNCORN 1087 4.2.10  
B ELBE " "   RUNCORN 1043 26.6.03  
B ELIZABETH " "   851 STOKE 29.6.22  
B FORWARD " "   RUNCORN 1019 16.10.00  
M FRANCE " "   928 STOKE 19.12.35 New Build, sold to Mersey Weaver '53 when ACC ceased carrying passed onto BTC when MW ceased and were reregistered at Northwich
B FRANK " "   943 STOKE 6.12.40 Ex Arthur Johnson, Etruria
B GENERAL JOFFRE " "   839 STOKE 20.10.21 Ex SURCC
M GREECE " "   954 STOKE 26.11.42 Ex Mersey Weaver, SIDNEY sold onto POTTER & Sons '48
B HARRY " "   881 STOKE 28.5.25 Converted to Motor RIGA
B HAVRE " "   848 STOKE 24.11.21 Ex SURCC
B HOOGLY " "   840 STOKE 20.10.21 Ex SURCC
B INDUS " "   838 STOKE 20.11.21 Ex SURCC
B IVERNIA " "   RUNCORN 1028 12.7.01  
B IVY " "   764 STOKE 28.11.12  
B JANE " "   863 STOKE 20.12.23  
B JAPAN " "   RUNCORN 1054 29.10.04  
B JUPITER " "   RUNCORN 1074 2.1.08  
B KATE " "   867 STOKE 28.2.24 Converted to motor BERGEN
B LIFFEY " "   786 STOKE 26.2.14  
B LILY " "   RUNCORN 1092 22.8.10  
B MADRAS " "   RUNCORN 1042 8.4.03  
B MALTA " "   RUNCORN 1042a 26.6.03 Not sure why this is numbered a on the registration….
B MARGARET " "   861 STOKE 27.9.23  sold to Mersey Weaver '53 when ACC ceased carrying passed onto BTC when MW ceased and reregistered at Northwich
B MARJORY " "   862 STOKE 20.12.23  
B MARS " "   RUNCORN 1071 12.10.07  
B MARY " "   853 STOKE 30.11.22  
B MERSEY " "   RUNCORN 1037 16.10.02  
B NEPTUNE " "   RUNCORN 1065 24.12.06  
B NEVA " "   RUNCORN 1103 11.12.11  
B NILE " "   RUNCORN 1101 8.9.11  
B ONWARD " "   RUNCORN 1018 30.8.00  
M OSLO " "   930 STOKE 25.2.37 New Build
B OSWALD " "   RUNCORN 913 19.6.1891  
B OSWALD " "   877 STOKE 29.1.25 Above boat Reregistered
B OUSE " "   RUNCORN 1102 1.11.11  
B PALM " "   RUNCORN 1098 5.5.11  
B PANSY " "   754 STOKE 30.5.12 First new boat registered at Stoke
B PINE " "   RUNCORN 1106 6.5.12 Last boat registered at Runcorn
B PINK " "   RUNCORN 1097 8.3.11  
B PLANET " "   RUNCORN 1086 25.10.09  
B PLANET " "   806 STOKE 24.1.16 Above boat Reregistered
M PORTUGAL " "   924 STOKE 27.6.35 New Build sold onto POTTER & Sons '48
B PROGRESS " "   RUNCORN 1022 26.11.00  
B PROTECTION " "   845 STOKE 24.11.21 Ex SURCC
B RECIPROCITY " "   836 STOKE 20.10.21 Ex SURCC
B REMBRANDT " "   844 STOKE 24.11.21 Ex SURCC
B RETALIATION " "   841 STOKE 20.10.21 Ex SURCC
B RHINE " "   RUNCORN 1055 24.12.04  
B RHONE " "   816 STOKE 28.6.17  
M RIGA " "   934 STOKE 17.12.37 Ex Horse Boat HARRY sold onto POTTER & Sons '48
B ROSE " "   RUNCORN 1097 8.3.11  
B ROSE " "   946 STOKE 20.10.39 Above boat Reregistered
B SALOPIAN " "   RUNCORN 1046 20.10.03  
B SALOPIAN " "   809 STOKE 28.9.16  
B SEINE " "   769 STOKE 16.1.13  
B SERVIA " "   RUNCORN 1023 19.12.00  
B SEVERN " "   RUNCORN 1053 11.6.04  
B SHANNON " "   793 STOKE 25.6.14  
B SIR JOHN NIXON " "   843 STOKE 20.10.21 Ex SURCC
B SLAVONIC " "   804 STOKE 28.10.15  
M SOMERSET " "   929 STOKE 23.7.36 New Build sold onto POTTER & Sons '48
B SOUDAN " "   RUNCORN 1050 1.3.04  
M SPAIN " "   917 STOKE 28.6.24 New Build, sold to Mersey Weaver '53 when ACC ceased carrying passed onto BTC when MW ceased and were reregistered at Northwich
B STAR " "   RUNCORN 1080 3.9.08  
M STOCKHOLM " "   931 STOKE 1.5.37 Converted ex horse boat ALICE
B SUEVIC " "   RUNCORN 1013 14.6.00  
B SWEDEN " "   837 STOKE 20.10.21 Converted to MB
M SWEDEN " "   887 STOKE 29.4.26 Converted from Horse Boat above Sold to Henry Seddons '48
B SWIFT " "   849 STOKE 24.11.21 Ex SURCC
B TEES " "   RUNCORN 1057 2.3.05  
B THISTLE " "   759 STOKE 12.9.12  
B TRENT " "   RUNCORN 1040 16.2.03  
B TUNSTALL " "   837 STOKE 20.10.21 Shares registration with SWEDEN, could be an error
B TWEED " "   RUNCORN 1058 31.5.05  
B TWEED " "   802 STOKE 28.10.15 Above boat Reregistered
B TYNE " "   RUNCORN 1056 13.2.05  
B VECTIS " "   RUNCORN 1083 20.7.09  
B VENUS " "   RUNCORN 1067 8.4.07  
B VESTA " "   RUNCORN 1086 27.11.09  
B VICTORIA " "   RUNCORN 1025 11.4.01  
B VINE " "   RUNCORN 1100 8.9.11  
B VIOLET " "   757 STOKE 25.7.12  
M WARSAW " "   947 STOKE 20.10.39 Converted ex horse boat WINIFRED
B WEAVER " "   771 STOKE 15.4.13  
M WESTMINSTER " "   859 STOKE 31.5.23 Sold to Wm Bennett who used her to try and restart carrying on the K&A. The condition of the canal was too poor in the event and the attempt failed after 1 load
B WINIFRED " "   RUNCORN 903 15.11.90  
B WINIFRED " "   896 STOKE 30.6.27 Converted to motor WARSAW
B WYE " "   778 STOKE 26.6.13  
             
             
             
B BADGER SEDDONS   DAV 359    
M SWEDEN " "       SWEDEN
M OTTER " "       Other Photos
M FOX " "   DAV 446    
             
             
             
             
M AVON MERSEY WEAVER   STOKE 966 Nov-47 uncon.fs.4/89 fore end was on the bank at Puttenham 2002 Other Photos
B ABOUKIR " " 156 STOKE 921 Jun-34 Ex.surcco .5/91
B PUNCH " " 159 STOKE 925 Jun-35 Ex SURCCo
B FLORENCE " "   STOKE 946 Oct-39 Ex Henry Wiles
M EVELYN " "   STOKE 959 Sep-44  
B CHARLES " "   956 STOKE Nov-42 Colours of the Cut 3/88
B JOAN " "   STOKE 949 Oct-41  
M JOAN " "   949 STOKE Dec-44 Converted from butty. 12/00 in Waterways world
B WINIFRED " "        
M BEDFORD " "   STOKE 937 Jan-54 Ex Anderton Company
M DANE " "   965 STOKE Nov-46 Extant converted to houseboat at Cowley
M WALTON " "   UXB 596 May-39 built by FMC UXB last seen unconverted at Stretton under Fosse
M EMPIRE " "   STOKE 888 Oct-41 Converted to motor from butty
M WARSAW " "       converted to become Canada Goose
M DENMARK " "   STOKE 905 Jan-54 Ex Anderton Company
M EILEEN " "   STOKE 961 Jun-45  
M FRANCE " "   STOKE 928 Jan-54 Ex Anderton Company
B MERAK " "   STOKE 964 Sep-46 Ex River Severn Catchment Board, Now broken up by National Waterways Museums
M OSLO " "   STOKE 930 Jan-54 Ex Anderton Company
M SHEILA " "   DAV 498 May-55 Ex John Green Carriers
M SIDNEY " "   STOKE 949 Oct-39 Ex Henry Wiles
M SPAIN " "   STOKE 917 Jan-54 Ex Anderton Company
M STOCKHOLM " "   STOKE 931 Jan-54 Ex Anderton Company
M WEAVER " "   STOKE 963 Mar-46  
M WILLIAM " "   STOKE 957 Mar-43 Went into BW North West fleet
B ALBANIA " "   STOKE 923 Jun-34 Ex A&A Peate
B ASTON " "   TAM 162 Feb-37 Built Lees & Atkins
B AVON " "   STOKE 756   Ex Salt Union
B BETHUNE " "   STOKE 922 Jun-34 Ex A&A Peate
B BRIAN " "   STOKE 918 Jun-34 Ex W.H. Cowburn & Cowpar
B CALDER " "   STOKE 753   Ex Salt Union
B CATHERINE " "   STOKE 854 Jan-54 Ex Anderton Company
B CLYDE " "   STOKE 723   Ex Salt Union
B CONTRABAND " "   STOKE 915 Jun-34 Ex A&A Peate
B CONWAY " "   MANC 1025 Oct-40 Ex Castner Kellner Alkali Co Ltd
B CORONA " "   STOKE 642   Ex Salt Union
B CUBA " "   STOKE 725 Jan-32 Ex J&G Meakin
B CUTHBERT " "   STOKE 936 Nov-37  
B DANUBE " "   STOKE 758   Ex Salt Union
B DARLASTON " "   STOKE 833 Jan-54 Ex Anderton Company
B DART " "   STOKE 926 Jun-35 Ex W.H. Cowburn & Cowpar
B DEE " "   STOKE 932 Apr-37 Ex Lees & Atkins
B DERWENT " "   STOKE 744 Jan-24 Ex Salt Union
B DON " "   STOKE 720 Jan-24 Ex Salt Union
B EDIE " "   STOKE 916 May-34 Ex W.H. Cowburn & Cowpar
B ELLEN " "   STOKE 940 Jun-38 Ex Thomas Hassall
B EMPIRE " "   STOKE 888 Apr-26 Converted to motor from butty
B ESK " "   STOKE 748 Jan-24 Ex Salt Union
B ETRURIA " "   STOKE 652 Jan-24 Ex Salt Union
B FITTON " "   STOKE 939 Jun-38 Ex Thomas Hassall
B FOXLAND " "   STOKE 629 Mar-24 Ex Salt Union
B FRANCES " "   STOKE 910 Sep-33  
B HOLLAND " "   STOKE 635 Jan-24 Ex Salt Union
B HUMBER " "   STOKE 911 Sep-33 Ex Salt Union
B IVY " "   STOKE 969 Jul-48 Ex W.H. Cowburn & Cowpar
B JEAN " "   STOKE 914 May-34 Ex W.H. Cowburn & Cowpar
B LEMBERG " "   STOKE 920 Jun-34 Ex A&A Peate
B LESLIE " "   STOKE 913 Jun-34 Ex A&A Peate
B LIVERPOOL " "   STOKE 637   Ex Salt Union
B LONGPORT " "   STOKE 648   Ex Salt Union
B MARGARET " "   STOKE 861 Jan-54 Ex Anderton Company
B MARSTON " "   STOKE 661   Ex Salt Union
B MARY " "   STOKE 853 Jan-54 Ex Anderton Company
B MERSEY " "   STOKE 674   Ex Salt Union
B MERVER " "   STOKE 909 Jun-33 Ex Wm Meakin
B MILLICENT " "   STOKE 856 Jan-54 Ex Anderton Company
B MILTON " "   STOKE 677   Ex Salt Union
B NILE " "   MANC 1028 Oct-40 Ex Castner Kellner Alkali Co Ltd
B NORA " "   RUNC 1104 Jan-54 Ex Anderton Company
B OUSE " "   STOKE 912 Oct-33 Ex Salt Union
B POLAND " "   STOKE 625   Ex Salt Union
B PRINCE OF WALES " "   DAV 448 May-55 Ex John Green Carriers
B RHINE " "   STOKE 850 Jun-22 Ex Salt Union
B RIBBLE " "   STOKE 736 Jun-23 Ex Salt Union
B ROSE " "   STOKE 946 Jan-54 Ex Anderton Company
B SANDBACH " "   STOKE 654   Ex Salt Union
B SEVERN " "   STOKE 727   Ex Salt Union
B SIR JOHN JELLICOE " "   STOKE 919 Jun-34 Ex A&A Peate
B SPEY " "   STOKE 751   Ex Salt Union
B STOKE " "   STOKE 646 Apr-20 Ex Salt Union
B STONE " "   STOKE 933 Jun-37  
B STORK " "   STOKE 561 Dec-48 Ex Potter & Son
B TAY " "   STOKE 730 Apr-24 Ex Salt Union
B THAMES " "   STOKE 713 Jan-23 Ex Salt Union
B TRENT " "   STOKE 673   Ex Salt Union
B TRIXIE " "   STOKE 942 Sep-38 Ex W.H. Cowburn & Cowpar
B TYNE " "   STOKE 693   Ex Salt Union
B VOLGA " "   STOKE 763   Ex Salt Union
B WEAVER " "   STOKE 670   Ex Salt Union
B WESTON " "   STOKE 667   Ex Salt Union
B WINSFORD " "   STOKE 666   Ex Salt Union
B WYRE " "   STOKE 749   Ex Salt Union
B ZETLAND " "   STOKE 623   Ex Salt Union

I would like to acknowledge the extensive work done by Alan Faulkner and Chris M. Jones in the compilation of many of these lists. And once again I recommend heartily NARROWBOAT magazine to anyone with an interest in history of canals and canal boats.

 

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