A ‘National Collection of Canal Day Boats’…

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The Day Boat was a narrow boat form almost unique to the Birmingham Canal Navigation. It evolved in response to the need for a simple, strong boat able to survive the rigours of the system with minimum fuss or maintenance. Hauled by horse or tug or manhandled around basins by steerers, thousands of these simple, elemental boats once served the canal-side industries of Birmingham bringing raw materials to the city and then distributing the finished product.

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History, all about tantalising glimpses?

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Being Friday I usually do a post about my latest work uncovering Eileen’s history, work commitments this week have made that difficult.  I did come across this delightful photograph of Thos. Clayton of Oldbury’s Gifford. I couldn’t resist sharing it, not only is the picture fascinating in it’s own right, but also links nicely with yesterdays post as it provides a tantalising glimpse of back cabin doors painted by Fred Winnett.

BCN Tugs Series: Pacific No.4

This is the seventh instalment and final entry in a series of posts about BCN tugs. Other posts in the series list below can be accessed by clicking the ‘Introduction’ link below:

1. Introduction
2. Tug Portrait: Enterprise No. 1
3. Tug Portrait: Bittel
4. Tug Portrait: James Loader
5. Tug Portrait: Judith Anne
6. Tug Portrait: Caggy
7. Tug Portrait: Pacific (this post)

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BCN Tugs Series: Caggy

This is the sixth installment in a new series of posts about BCN tugs. Other posts in the series list below can be accessed by clicking the ‘Introduction’ link :

1. Introduction
2. Tug Portrait: Enterprise No. 1
3. Tug Portrait: Bittel
4. Tug Portrait: James Loader
5. Tug Portrait: Judith Anne
6. Tug Portrait: Caggy (this post)

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BCN Tugs – Judith Anne

This is the fifth installment in a new series of posts about BCN tugs. Other posts in the series list below can be accessed by clicking the red ‘Introduction’ link :

1. Introduction
2. Tug Portrait: Enterprise No. 1
3. Tug Portrait: Bittel
4. Tug Portrait: James Loader
5. Tug Portrait: Judith Anne (this post)
6. Tug Portrait: Caggy

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BCN Tugs – Bittel

This is the third installment in a new series of posts about BCN tugs. Other posts in the series list below can be accessed by clicking the red ‘Introduction’ link :

1. Introduction
2. Tug Portrait: Enterprise No. 1
3. Tug Portrait: Bittel (this post)
4. Tug Portrait: James Loader
5. Tug Portrait: Judith Anne
6. Tug Portrait: Caggy

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BCN Tugs – Enterprise No. 1

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This is the second installment in a new series of posts about BCN tugs. Other posts in the series list below can be accessed by clicking the red ‘Introduction’ link :

1. Introduction
2. Tug Portrait: Enterprise No. 1 (this post)
3. Tug Portrait: Bittel
4. Tug Portrait: James Loader
5. Tug Portrait: Judith Anne
6. Tug Portrait: Caggy

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BCN Boats: the Tug Series

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This is the first installment in a new series of posts about BCN tugs. Other posts in the series list below can be accessed by clicking on the links below:

1.   Introduction (this post)
2.  Tug Portrait: Enterprise No. 1
3.  Tug Portrait: Bittel No. 5
4. Tug Portrait: James Loader
5. Tug Portrait: Judith Anne
6.  Tug  Portrait:  Caggy
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. Tug Portrait: Pacific

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