Here’s just a little more information on one of the BCN tugs I’ve previous featured in a post. This is the ‘Reginald’ (No 75361) a ‘front-end’ conversion of a former Stewarts & Lloyds joey. There’s a second picture of it on the Historic Narrow Boat Club website, I believe both were taken by Ros Prettyman on the Shropshire Union Canal.
This boat certainly did work at the works in Coombeswood, not as a tug, but as an open joey No 95.
As a joey she was sold off in 1976 to early members of BCNS, taken to Canal Transport Services at Norton Canes where Dennis Cooper then converted her into a 45 foot long boat, with a BCN tug style cabin and deck arrangement, fitting a Lister SR2 engine.
She was then registered as 75361 and given the livery of a S& L tug. In her early days she attended many of the early BCNS boat gatherings but was never sign written.
Later sold on to new owners who had her sign written as she is today.
There’s quite a transformation, from these day boats seen at Coombeswood…
The ‘Reginald’ resplendent at the Spring ‘tug’ gathering at the Black Country Museum.