Mersey Weaver

Most of the company’s boats were recorded on the Stoke-on-Trent canal boat register but this survives only in part, making a full reconstruction virtually impossible. The early fleet was based on boats from the Salt Union Ltd but it would appear these were transferred across gradually and many of the actual dates have not been found.

The company used a fleet numbering system but, as only a few of the numbers have been discovered, they are not included here.

Famous Fleets feature article Issue 7 - Autumn 2007

NameFleet noJoined fleetRegistration numberRegistration dateBuilder/sourceNotes
Aboukir06/1934Stoke-on-Trent 92128/06/1934Ex A&A Peate, Maesbury
Albania06/1934Stoke-on-Trent 92325/07/1934Ex A&A Peate, Maesbury
Aston02/1937Tamworth 16227/02/1937New, built by Lees & Atkins, Polesworth
Avon (m)11/1947Stoke-on-Trent 96630/12/1947New
Avon*00/0000Stoke-on-Trent 75625/07/1912Ex Salt Union Ltd, Marston
Bedford (m)01/1954Stoke-on-Trent 93730/11/1937Ex Anderton Company, Stoke-on-Trent
Bethune06/1934Stoke-on-Trent 92225/07/1934Ex A&A Peate, Maesbury
Brian06/1934Stoke-on-Trent 91828/06/1934Ex W.H. Cowburn & Cowpar, Manchester
Calder00/0000Stoke-on-Trent 75330/05/1912Ex Salt Union Ltd, Marston
Catherine01/1954Stoke-on-Trent 85428/12/1922Ex Anderton Company, Stoke-on-Trent
Charles (m)11/1942Stoke-on-Trent 95603/12/1942New
Clyde00/0000Stoke-on-Trent 72330/04/1908Ex Salt Union Ltd, Marston
Contraband06/1934Stoke-on-Trent 91531/05/1934Ex A&A Peate, Maesbury
Conway10/1940Manchester 102505/11/1940Ex Castner Kellner Alkali Co Ltd, Runcorn
Corona00/0000Stoke-on-Trent 64225/09/1902Ex Salt Union Ltd, Marston
Cuba01/1932Stoke-on-Trent 72523/01/1932Ex J&G Meakin Ltd, Hanley
Cuthbert11/1937Stoke-on-Trent 93630/11/1937New
Dane (m)*11/1946Stoke-on-Trent 96501/01/1947New
Danube00/0000Stoke-on-Trent 75812/09/1912Ex Salt Union Ltd, Marston
Darlaston01/1954Stoke-on-Trent 83329/07/1944Ex Anderton Company, Stoke-on-Trent
Dart06/1935Stoke-on-Trent 92624/07/1935Ex W.H. Cowburn & Cowpar, Manchester
Dee04/1937Stoke-on-Trent 93201/05/1937Ex Lees & Atkins, Polesworth
Denmark (m)01/1954Stoke-on-Trent 90530/10/1929Ex Anderton Company, Stoke-on-Trent
Derwent01/1924Stoke-on-Trent 74427/04/1911Ex Salt Union Ltd, Marston
Don01/1924Stoke-on-Trent 72007/03/1924Ex Salt Union Ltd, Marston
Edie05/1934Stoke-on-Trent 91631/05/1934Ex W.H. Cowburn & Cowpar, Manchester
Eileen (m06/1945Stoke-on-Trent 96106/07/1945New
Ellen06/1938Stoke-on-Trent 94001/07/1938Ex Thomas Hassall, Manchester
Empire04/1926Stoke-on-Trent 88827/05/1926New
Empire (m)10/1941Stoke-on-Trent 88811/10/1941Ex butty
Esk01/1924Stoke-on-Trent 74830/11/1911Ex Salt Union Ltd, Marston
Etruria01/1924Stoke-on-Trent 65226/03/1903Ex Salt Union Ltd, Marston
Evelyn (m)09/1944Stoke-on-Trent 95901/10/1944New
Fitton06/1938Stoke-on-Trent 93901/07/1938Ex Thomas Hassall, Manchester
Florence10/1939Stoke-on-Trent 94820/10/1939Ex Henry Wiles, Tusses Bridge
Foxland03/1924Stoke-on-Trent 62907/03/1924Ex Salt Union Ltd, Marston
France (m)01/1954Stoke-on-Trent 92819/12/1935Ex Anderton Company, Stoke-on-Trent
Frances09/1933Stoke-on-Trent 91028/09/1933Not known, possibly new
Holland01/1924Stoke-on-Trent 63523/01/1902Ex Salt Union Ltd, Marston
Humber09/1933Stoke-on-Trent 91126/10/1933Ex Salt Union Ltd, Marston
Ivy07/1948Stoke-on-Trent 96917/08/1948Ex W.H. Cowburn & Cowpar, Manchester
Jean05/1934Stoke-on-Trent 91431/05/1934Ex W.H. Cowburn & Cowpar, Manchester
Joan10/1941Stoke-on-Trent 94901/12/1941Ex Henry Johnson (Birmingham) Ltd
Joan (m)12/1944Stoke-on-Trent 94901/02/1945Ex butty
Lemberg06/1934Stoke-on-Trent 92028/06/1934Ex A&A Peate, Maesbury
Leslie06/1934Stoke-on-Trent 91331/05/1934Ex A&A Peate, Maesbury
Liverpool00/0000Stoke-on-Trent 63700/02/1902Ex Salt Union Ltd, Marston
Longport00/0000Stoke-on-Trent 64829/01/1903Ex Salt Union Ltd, Marston
Margaret01/1954Stoke-on-Trent 86127/09/1923Ex Anderton Company, Stoke-on-Trent
Marston00/0000Stoke-on-Trent 66128/01/1904Ex Salt Union Ltd, Marston
Mary01/1954Stoke-on-Trent 85330/11/1922Ex Anderton Company, Stoke-on-Trent
Merak*09/1946Stoke-on-Trent 96405/10/1946Ex River Severn Catchment Board, Gloucester
Mersey00/0000Stoke-on-Trent 67426/01/1905Ex Salt Union Ltd, Marston
Merver06/1933Stoke-on-Trent 90906/07/1933Ex William Meakin, Hanley
Millicent01/1954Stoke-on-Trent 85622/02/1923Ex Anderton Company, Stoke-on-Trent
Milton00/0000Stoke-on-Trent 67727/04/1905Ex Salt Union Ltd, Marston
Nile10/1940Manchester 102805/11/1940Ex Castner Kellner Alkali Ltd, Runcorn
Nora01/1954Runcorn 110410/02/1912Ex Anderton Company, Stoke-on-Trent
Oslo (m)01/1954Stoke-on-Trent 93025/02/1937Ex Anderton Company, Stoke-on-Trent
Ouse10/1933Stoke-on-Trent 91226/10/1933Ex Salt Union Ltd, Marston
Poland00/0000Stoke-on-Trent 62511/06/1901Ex Salt Union Ltd, Marston
Prince of Wales05/1955Daventry 44812/05/1955Ex John Green Carriers Ltd, Macclesfield
Punch06/1935Stoke-on-Trent 92527/06/1935Ex W.H. Cowburn & Cowpar, Manchester
Rhine06/1922Stoke-on-Trent 85029/06/1922Ex Salt Union Ltd, Marston
Ribble06/1923Stoke-on-Trent 73629/06/1923Ex Salt Union Ltd, Marston
Rose01/1954Stoke-on-Trent 94620/10/1939Ex Anderton Company, Stoke-on-Trent
Sandbach00/0000Stoke-on-Trent 65430/07/1903Ex Salt Union Ltd, Marston
Severn00/0000Stoke-on-Trent 72722/10/1942Ex Salt Union Ltd, Marston
Sheila (m)05/1955Daventry 49812/05/1955Ex John Green Carriers Ltd, Macclesfield
Sidney (m)10/1939Stoke-on-Trent 94919/10/1939Ex Henry Wiles, Tusses Bridge
Sir John Jellicoe06/1934Stoke-on-Trent 91928/06/1934Ex A&A Peate, Maesbury
Spain (m)01/1954Stoke-on-Trent 91728/06/1934Ex Anderton Company, Stoke-on-Trent
Spey00/0000Stoke-on-Trent 75130/05/1912Ex Salt Union Ltd, Marston
Stockholm (m)01/1954Stoke-on-Trent 93101/05/1937Ex Anderton Company, Stoke-on-Trent
Stoke04/1920Stoke-on-Trent 64612/04/1920Ex Salt Union Ltd, Marston
Stone06/1937Stoke-on-Trent 93324/10/1940Not known
Stork12/1948Stoke-on-Trent 56118/12/1948Ex Potter & Son, Runcorn
Tay04/1924Stoke-on-Trent 73011/04/1924Ex Salt Union Ltd, Marston
Thames01/1923Stoke-on-Trent 71327/01/1923Ex Salt Union Ltd, Marston
Trent00/0000Stoke-on-Trent 67326/01/1905Ex Salt Union Ltd, Marston
Trixie09/1938Stoke-on-Trent 94226/09/1938Ex W.H. Cowburn & Cowpar, Manchester
Tyne00/0000Stoke-on-Trent 69328/06/1906Ex Salt Union Ltd, Marston
Volga00/0000Stoke-on-Trent 76331/10/1912Ex Salt Union Ltd, Marston
Walton (m)*05/1939Uxbridge 59623/05/1939New, built by FMC at Uxbridge
Weaver00/0000Stoke-on-Trent 67028/07/1904Ex Salt Union Ltd, Marston
Weaver (m)03/1946Stoke-on-Trent 96301/04/1946New
Weston00/0000Stoke-on-Trent 66726/05/1904Ex Salt Union Ltd, Marston
William (m)03/1943Stoke-on-Trent 95712/03/1943New
Winsford00/0000Stoke-on-Trent 66624/03/1904Ex Salt Union Ltd, Marston
Wyre09/1923Stoke-on-Trent 74907/09/1923Ex Salt Union Ltd, Marston
Zetland00/0000Stoke-on-Trent 62325/04/1901Ex Salt Union Ltd, Marston

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*Survivors: Few Mersey Weaver boats have survived. In 2002 the fore end of Avon was on the bank at Puttenham on the Aylesbury branch; Dane has been converted and is a house boat at Cowley; Merak, unconverted is an exhibit at the Boat Museum at Ellesmere Port painted up in Grand Union livery, and Walton unconverted was seen at Stretton under Fosse on the Coventry Canal.