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Wednesday, 23 August 2006


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Peter & Christine Ballinger

We would be very interested in the history of these two boats as well. We are trying to track down the Ballinger Canal Carrying Company or anything related to it.

Max Sinclair

Very interesting. The iron rubbing strakes were made at Hingleys Ironworks Netherton, Dudley.

Rick Muir

The comments on the WorcesterVista blog being closed, I'll put mine here if I may. The boat from which Ballinger and Glenfield were made was definitely a Thomas Bantock "Mk 1". For the last few months I have had a similar boat,"Bride", at Stockton Drydock being rebottomed/rebuilt. At Beale Park this weekend I spoke with Francis Stapleton and Pete Harrison, both noted experts on narrowboat histories, who each said that these boats probably date from the 1850's and are now of course very rare. "Bride" was built for Pickfords and Co. (although possibly a different Pickfords to the well known canal carrier and later rail and road hauliers) and then passed to the Shropshire Union Co. and via several railway companies became part of the L.M.S. "station boat" fleet. I would be interested in any more info on "Ballinger/Glenfield" to help piece together the history of these historic craft.

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