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pete harrison

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  1. CYGNUS, BEDWORTH, BEVERLEY and BORDESLEY were hired to Stevens and Keay on 01 March 1971, and were eventually sold to Alan 'Caggy' Stevens on 04 December 1979. These four boats were then sold on to private owners in or about 1982
  2. I clearly remember helping 'Caggy' Stevens work CYGNUS down Farmer Bridge Locks in 1978 and at that time part of the cabin was still intact along with bits of Willow Wren paintwork. By this time BEDWORTH, BEVERLEY and BORDESLEY were all hulked and like CYGNUS were used for general rubbish transport and contracting works (floating scaffold supports under bridges and the like)
  3. Not as popular as it used to be, and is often on Ebay - alternatively Lockside Antiques usually have some nice pieces, and nice people to deal with http://www.lockside-antiques.co.uk/Measham_Ware.html
  4. This photograph certainly brings back memories as at this time I was living on a pair of boats under the warehouse canopy. The footbridge would have been pretty new in 1982, and I can quite easily remember when the offside towpath was open to the public, it getting blocked off by a brick wall at the St Vincent Street end of the Loop just before the footbridge was built - and ended at Sheepcote Street bridge
  5. Neither of these two boats are Brum Tug's
  6. So the next step regarding ANVIL's history will be establishing where the date 1896 has come from. As this is a rather specific date can the new owner substantiate this in the form of a B.C.N. gauge plate and gauge number. For the owners benefit this will be a cast iron plate about 12 inches long and about 4 inches deep riveted longditudenally in the fore end or stern end or both of the hull. Cast into the plate(s) will be the letters BCN and below with be a number, and it is this number we need. There were 683 boats gauged by the B.C.N. Company in 1896, and about half of these were re-gaugings of older boats. Of the 683 boats gauged in 1896 65 are described as open iron (cabinless) and no more than 11 are described as cabin iron - with everything else being wooden. I also think it highly unlikely that ANVIL was ever part of a motor / butty pairing, although it is possible that it might have been pulled by a tug as well as a horse / man
  7. No. The boat I saw tied by you was the stern of an F.M.C. Ltd. motor with an iron B.C.N. day boat as a fore end, named AQUARIUS. I saw ANVIL between Bradford on Avon and Hilperton a month later
  8. Yes, £860 with just over three days to go - and it certainly will not be going on my roof as I will not be making an offer
  9. This is the ANVIL I am suspecting the OP has, partly based upon it being advertised for sale on Apollo Duck 29 August 2019 which included a build date of 1896. I first recorded seeing this ANVIL on 22 September 2002 near Bradford on Avon
  10. Confusingly there are two converted B.C.N. day boats now named ANVIL, one being a 60' with a welded steel counter stern and index number 47120 and the other being a little shorter but retaining is original pointed stern and index number 53599 - so which is your ANVIL (I suspect the latter)
  11. I do not think many potential 'historic' boat owners appreciate the costs involved in producing, maintaining and renovated boats like this - and from where I am ACACIA looks to be good value, as do most of the other 'historic' narrow boats currently for sale
  12. It looks more like he is keeping DORY and selling his other unconverted Josher IBEX https://narrowboats.apolloduck.co.uk/boat/fellows-morton-clayton-70-traditional/622118
  13. Does the 20:00 to 08:00 'rule' still apply in relation to not running engines or generators if moored ? If so then running engines or generators during the hours 08:00 to 20:00 should be acceptable even if a little irritating (to some) - or am I missing something
  14. I would prefer them to concentrate their effort on the boats appearance and improving their skills in operating them. Steamers were the pride of the fleet and all of this dressing up nonsense is just a distraction that helps to create a pantomime rather than a performance
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