Leeds & Liverpool Canal Co Steam Tugs

Tug engines were usually 2-cylinder compound inverted vertical engines, non-condensing with feed water heater and horizontal feed pump.

Famous Fleets feature article Issue 13 - Spring 2009


NameFleet noJoined fleetRegistration numberRegistration dateBuilder/sourceNotes
54Wigan-Blackburn, new boiler 1907, on fire at Wigan 1907, engine to no 58
55Wigan-Blackburn, iron hull, counter stern; to Liverpool Corporation for manure boats to Lydiate
56Wigan-Blackburn, 2-cylinder high-pressure engine, 150 psi, ex ships auxiliary, worked left handed, 8in stroke, horizontal boiler; used by Liverpool Corporation in 1932' still on that section c.1960
57Skipton pool ice breaker and tug; later to Burnley length; vertical tandem compound engine
58Burnley pool ice breaker and tug, engine from no 54, 10in stroke, vertical. Burnt out 1958 and replaced at Burnley by no 57
Doris52Dredging tug, short enough to turn anywhere, possibly built 1893 by company, Wilkinson engine
Foulridge Tunnel TugAuthorised July 1879, from Hodsons; new steel hull from Yarwoods for £291 in 1909; withdrawn from service 3.3.1934
Gannow Tunnel TugAuthorised Dec 1886, from John Hodson and W.Wilkinson at £607 total; new steel hull for £450 from Thos Summer & Co, Liverpool, 1908; withdrawn from tunnel service 29.3.1937
IreneSteam lighter for transhipment use at Birkenhead, purchased 1905, for £575 (total cost including repairs, moving, etc: £1,015 0s 11d) from Devonport; new boiler 1911
Manchester Tug Could be one of above; new steel hull from J.Gordon Allison & Co, Birkenhead, £350, 1911; second-hand engine, 1912
Naiad51Mentioned 1897, Wigan-Blackburn tug, new boiler 1907, used by Liverpool dredger in 1942
Siren53Used as relief to tunnel tugs, built 1894, very short, reg Wigan 220
WarriorDelivered Dec 1885 from Messrs W. Allsupp, Preston, at £2500; Liverpool river tug; sold to W. Bate & Co, 1921