Coal from Baddesley

Working the Waterways: NarrowBoat, Winter 2015

Photos by Christopher Lunnon showing Samuel Barlow boats at Baddesley Colliery Wharf in 1960

After loading small coal the motor Alec and butty Ironside leave the wharf so their crew can complete boat preparations for the long trip south. Then, after their motor has gone on ahead, the crew of Ironside can begin the arduous task of bowhauling the butty through the six narrow locks at Atherstone, before reaching the Coventry level and a lock-free 11-mile section to Sutton Stop. The motor was built at Braunston for the Samuel Barlow Coal Company and launched in April 1942, but was originally named Winston; it was renamed Alec in December 1952. Ironside was also built for SBCC at Braunston and launched in December 1939. On the extreme right can be seen several steel-bodied railway mineral wagons from which the coal has been loaded by the mobile crane. …

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