BARGE SPOTTINGS - River Trent: Burton Joyce and Stoke Bardolph 1969 to ~1974
Please help fill in any gaps in the names and numbers or correct any errors.
The lists on this page were recorded by me when I first got seriously interested in the waterways and, although the names are accurate, the lack of further information (eg dates, cargoes etc) is regrettable. These days I would hope to do better - and have lots of photos - but there are a few snippets of cine film to follow when I get it digitised...
Because my notes are somewhat scrappy, although the names are valid, I may have entered some of them in the wrong groups. I would grateful for any errors pointed out.
EASEDALE - this I am fairly sure was an ex-Harkers tanker converted to dry cargo and was a rather formidable red colour?
BRITISH WATERWAYS CRAFT
Right up until the early 1970s, BW ran their own fleet of barges on the trent, carrying all manner of goods. Most this was destined for Meadow Lane or Trent Lane depots near Trent Bridge in Nottingham.
There were also the following dumb craft towed one, two, or even three at a time behind the above powered craft:
British Waterways also had a fleet of maintenance craft on the river. Not really correct in a page full of carrying craft, but I put them here for completeness:
Crane boat 5
Crane boat 7
Crane boat 11 - based on the Erewash Canal
Crane boat 13
Dredger 5 - the bucket dredger?
LITTLE JOHN - tug
WILL SCARLET - tug
FRIAR TUCK - tug
ERIC OF LINCOLN - tug
ALAN-A-DALE - tug
FAIR MAIDEN - converted and renamed barge in use for pleasure trips in the north east
W.M. CORY TANK CARRIERS
SEAGULL - and her sister vessels created a larger than average wash en route to the fuel depot at Colwick, Nottingham - much to the awe of myself as a canoeist at the time!
JOHN HARKER TANKERS
These were all regulars at the time - running up to the fuel depots at Colwick - and continued until a bargeman's strike. This was objecting to a reduction in pay but resulted in the traffic being transferred to rail and later (I believe) a pipeline.
BEDALE H (against which I have the note "NEW 15th April 1970")
LINTONDALE - ex Harkers?
TRENT CARRIERS LTD
WILLIAM H GANT