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AMModels last won the day on June 21 2017

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  1. Oooh good to know was looking around to try and find details of the course, Id only seen a short precis on a few blogs. Will definitely have a wander round, am planning on finding the Kidwelly canal as well.
  2. Having recently moved to Llanelli this is great, will definitely be having a mooch around. Had already traced the Swansea canal where it has been buried under the new road, extreme left in the image above from Buccaneer. Much of the canal in Swansea itself has been obliterated by years of development, the suggested plans for connecting a rerouted Swansea canal and the Neath & Tennant are interesting if a long way from any sort of action.
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  4. Hi Jeannie hope you are well, thats the chap, the last wife is Mira Barnes. I wondered if there were any earlier records of him or his parents contained in any other trees you may have?
  5. Do you mind if I share in a local group? Might get an exact location although I think its at Catshill jnctn which is in the background of one of the pics.
  6. Thanks CP, yes I have the Bates side back to Barlows, finding a boatman on my nans side was a surprise. Granddad worked for Essy for a while, playing on the family name I believe but my nans side was always a bit of a mystery and then to find this link as well...
  7. Hoping Jeannie sees this one, a Richard Porter, b Basingstoke 1796 d. Weston 1878 listed on a couple of census at Wharves as a boatman, hes my gt gt gt grandfather, different line to the known boatmen in my family. Was his family off the boats or the bank, struggling to find his early years. The other line has raised a query too, James Bates and Susannah along with their kids are recorded in 1891 on two boats at Rounds Wharf Tividale one being Vulcan the other is not clearly legible but looks similar to Linda maybe, wondering who Vulcan was owned by and if there are any records that show it working together with another boat regularly, a long long shot I know but worth asking. Here is the entry or at least the interesting part for me.
  8. Some great images there Grawar, are the first set other than the lock taken around Brownhills on the W&E?
  9. Do they load the steel in the coffins? Nothing fires the blood like a road full of wagons with coils in the well and a warehouse already full to the rafters Was standing in Cardiff station a few weeks ago and a train from Llanwern ran through the station with a load of coil, in the olden days much of it headed to Round Oak rail head and the gravel voiced Olwyn.
  10. I supplied roughly 100k tonnes of steel pa while working in a stockholders and analysed samples from possibly 25k tk a year using various instruments inc gas spectrometer and both hardness and tensile strength machines. European Steel > UK Steel > other steels based on my experience on a price point basis. This could have changed over the years for the very reasons Cap P says, regs change over time but opinions are formed and as boat buyers tend to be a bit older they may have been formed when the above tests were performed.
  11. I would be happy with Dutch too
  12. details details, Im a big picture kinda guy.
  13. Follow the submarine around and pick up the ones that fall off, save yourself £3k a time
  14. BS did roll 10mm steel, Corby for one produced lots of it....it wasnt very good but it was definitely, nominally, 10mm. What surprises me about boat builders is they dont use pickled steel, no scale ready to take paint straight from the off, easier to clean should corrosion occur in the building phase.
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