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In Peter Lead's book on the Trent & Mersey Canal, there is  a photo of an experimental tug for ice breaking.

 

The image is from the H C James Collection and it is just possible to make out the "L" on the side of the cabin. As there is a reference in the Waterways Archive (CRT) for a design for a LMS combined icebreaker and tug this image would appear to suggest that the boat was built and used. This was at the time, it seems of Government Control during the war. 

 

The question is what happened to it?

 

 

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On 12/07/2020 at 12:54, Heartland said:

In Peter Lead's book on the Trent & Mersey Canal, there is  a photo of an experimental tug for ice breaking.

 

The image is from the H C James Collection and it is just possible to make out the "L" on the side of the cabin. As there is a reference in the Waterways Archive (CRT) for a design for a LMS combined icebreaker and tug this image would appear to suggest that the boat was built and used. This was at the time, it seems of Government Control during the war. 

 

The question is what happened to it?

 

 

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It isn't Sandbach or Beeston, which were built in 1946 with wheelhouse steering.

 

Could it perhaps be ROAMA?

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Yes I think it is the Roama/Roamer/ Tug No 1 built by Yarwoods in timber in 1938/39 with a Russell Newberry  It survived until fairly recently but Now seems to have disappeared although there are confusingly two steel replicas which often get mistaken for it.

 

Paul

 

 

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The above pics show the original tug, the first not long after it was built and the second in preservation in  the 80s or 90s when visiting Ellesmere Port.

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Also, according to HECLA the craft SANDBACH & BEESTON were built for the Shropshire Union in LMS days

 

The BCN co BIRD was also a wheehouse steering boat, as was NANSEN II (originally)

 

According to Clive Guthries list 1999 for Yarwoods, ROAMER was built for the LMS in 1999

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