Shropshire Union Railways & Canal Co

Famous Fleets feature article Issue 18 - Summer 2010

Boats joining the fleet from 1st January 1899


NameFleet noJoined fleetRegistration numberRegistration dateBuilder/sourceNotes
(The) Yeomen*55108/1901Chester 57315/08/1901
Aboukir72606/1915Chester 76215/06/1915A&A Peate, Maesbury Mill
Adonis05/1912Chester 67304/06/1912Anderton Company
Adonis (m)02/1911Chester 67328/02/1911Became horse boat
Africa (x)*54508/1907Not registered
African*55806/1902Chester 58528/07/1902Sold 1925
Agamemnon (w)09/1911Chester 68303/10/1911Richard Abel & Sons Ltd
Agrippa (w)08/1911Chester 68005/09/1911Bishops Wharf Carrying Co
Albania74109/1915Chester 77705/10/1915A&A Peate, Maesbury
Albert*76809/1916Chester 80319/09/1916Fellows, Morton & Clayton
Alien72105/1915Chester 75801/06/1915Joseph R. Rayner, Runcorn
Allerton67007/1912Chester 70003/09/1912Lees & Atkins, Polesworth
Amphora66212/1911Chester 68802/01/1912Chester & Liverpool Lighterage
Anemone65605/1911Chester 67509/05/1911Cancelled 1926
Antwerp*71002/1915Chester 75116/02/1915LMS Railway, Wolverhampton
Anzac75906/1916Chester 79406/06/1916Renamed Welcome
Arabia*75404/1916Chester 78909/05/1916A&A Peate, Maesbury Mill
Arbutus65909/1911Chester 68203/10/1911LMS Railway, Chester
Arcturus68408/1913Chester 71602/09/1913A&A Peate, Maesbury Mill
Arras75805/1915Chester 79306/06/1916Fellows, Morton & Clayton
Artillery*71312/1914Chester 74405/01/1915Chester & Liverpool Lighterage
Astarte68510/1913Chester 71818/11/1913LMS Railway, Chester
Atalanta*66011/1911Chester 68528/11/1911Chester & Liverpool Lighterage
Auricula*66111/1911Chester 68628/11/1911Midlands & Coast
Bactria (w)08/1913Chester 71502/09/1913Bishops Wharf Carrying Co
Bard*53711/1899Chester 55728/11/1899
Batavia (w)01/1914Chester 72420/01/1914LMS Railway, Barrow in Furness
Battalion*76507/1916Chester 79927/07/1916Noah Hingley & Sons Ltd
Beagle58412/1905Chester 61919/12/1905Chester & Liverpool Lighterage
Beatrice*64909/1911Wolverhampton 101911/09/1911Chester & Liverpool Lighterage
Belarius (w)11/1911Chester 68728/11/1911Bishops Wharf Carrying Co
Belgrave53912/1899Chester 56009/01/1900
Benefactor60609/1907Chester 63824/09/1907Anderton Company
Berriew58311/1905Chester 61821/11/1905LMS Railway, Chester
Bethune74512/1915Chester 78211/01/1916A&A Peate, Maesbury Mill
Blackcock67410/1912Chester 70315/10/1912Fellows, Morton & Clayton
Blockade72206/1915Chester 75915/06/1915Chester & Liverpool Lighterage
Blossom (w)08/1901Chester 57615/08/1901Sold 1925
Bramble55307/1901Chester 57515/08/1901LMS Railway, Chester
Bride (x)54207/1901Not registered(rebuilt) LMS, Wolverhampton
Bridget (x) *62106/1909Not registeredLMS Railway, Wolverhampton
Brier (x) *59107/1906Not registeredLMS Railway, Wolverhampton
Brigadier*76206/1916Chester 79711/07/1916Fellows, Morton & Clayton
Brigand55407/1901Chester 57715/08/1901LMS Railway, Wolverhampton
Briton (w)01/1908Chester 64004/01/1908Bishops Wharf Carrying Co
Bruce58612/1905Chester 62102/01/1906J&T Peters, Glazebury
Brussels*70901/1915Chester 74819/01/1915LMS Railway, Brierley Hill
Bulgaria74009/1915Chester 77605/10/1915Renamed La Basee
Bunbury*58512/1905Chester 62019/12/1905Chester & Liverpool Lighterage
Cadet*54112/1899Chester 56109/01/1900Scrapped 1925
Calais*74311/1915Chester 78023/11/1915Chester & Liverpool Lighterage
Canada61602/1909Chester 64902/03/1909
Canadian (w)08/1908Chester 64408/09/1908Bishops Wharf Carrying Co
Cassandra*64712/1911Wolverhampton 102511/12/1911Midlands & Coast
Cavalier*55207/1901Chester 57415/08/1901United Dairies Ltd, Derby
Cedar (w)05/1912Chester 69404/06/1912Sold 1925
Ceiriog53611/1899Chester 55828/11/1899
Chance67310/1912Wolverhampton 103714/10/1912LMS Railway, Wolverhampton
Childwall*66907/1912Chester 69716/07/1912Midlands & Coast
Civic56001/1903Chester 59003/02/1903
Cleopatra*64506/1911Wolverhampton 101710/07/1911Fellows, Morton & Clayton
Colonel (t)61803/1909Chester 65106/04/1909
Contraband72706/1915Chester 76315/06/1915A&A Peate, Maesbury Mill
Cordelia*64203/1911Wolverhampton 100910/04/1911Midlands & Coast
Corfu75705/1916Chester 79209/05/1916Noah Hingley & Sons Ltd
Corinthian61006/1908Chester 64322/07/1908Noah Hingley & Sons Ltd
Coronation55901/1903Chester 58903/02/1903LMS Railway, Wolverhampton
Councillor*60305/1907Chester 63504/06/1907LMS Railway, Wolverhampton
Cracow73007/1915Chester 76613/07/1915Fellows, Morton & Clayton
Cressy71905/1915Chester 75618/05/1915A&A Peate, Maesbury Mill
Cromer*52502/1899Chester 54621/02/1899
Crown*65807/1911Chester 67818/07/1911Fellows, Morton & Clayton
Dane (x) *60503/1908Not registeredLMS Railway, Brierley Hill
Dee*57903/1905Chester 61314/03/1905
Delville*76609/1916Chester 80119/09/1916Fellows, Morton & Clayton
Desdemona*64806/1911Wolverhampton 101410/07/1911Midlands & Coast
Doris52603/1899Chester 54721/03/1899
Dorrington52703/1899Chester 54821/03/1899
Druid52803/1899Chester 54921/03/1899
Dudley*67712/1912Chester 70610/12/1912Anderton Company
Duma59005/1905Chester 62505/06/1906Chester & Liverpool Lighterage
Dunkirk74210/1911Chester 77923/11/1915Chester & Liverpool Lighterage
Durbar56101/1903Chester 59103/02/1903Thomas Shaw, Grindley Brook
Eager (x) *62207/1909Not registeredLMS Railway
Edris58803/1906Chester 62313/03/1906LMS Railway, Wolverhampton
Educator (t)59901/1907Chester 63115/01/1907Sunk 1927
Edwin*44710/1912Wolverhampton 103931/10/1912(rebuilt)
Egbert*62307/1909Chester 65420/07/1909Chester & Liverpool Lighterage
Elector*62610/1909Chester 65719/10/1909Midlands & Coast
Elm (x) *61212/1908Not registeredLMS Railway
Endeavour62811/1909Chester 65914/12/1909A&A Peate, Maesbury Mill
Enterprise*62407/1909Chester 65520/07/1909Chester & Liverpool Lighterage
Enthusiast63205/1910Chester 66310/05/1910LMS Railway, Chester
Equery62912/1909Chester 66004/01/1910
Equinox62711/1909Chester 65829/11/1909LMS Railway, Chester
Eros73308/1915Chester 76931/08/1915
Ethelred62510/1909Chester 65619/10/1909LMS Railway, Chester
Eventful63105/1910Chester 66210/05/1910LMS Railway, Chester
Fairyfield67612/1912Chester 70510/12/1912Fellows, Morton & Clayton
Fancy53409/1899Chester 55505/09/1899LMS Railway, Chester
Flying Fox52908/1899Chester 55013/06/1899
Free Trade56306/1903Chester 59409/06/1903Sold 1926
Frolic*53308/1899Chester 55405/09/1899W.A. Lowe
Gainsborough (x)01/1911Not registeredLMS Railway, Brierley Hill
Gallipoli*72807/1915Chester 76413/07/1915Chester & Liverpool Lighterage
Ganges*68001/1913Chester 70814/01/1913Chester & Liverpool Lighterage
Garnet01/1903Nantwich 7824/02/1903(rebuilt)
General Joffre71112/1914Chester 74505/01/1915Anderton Company
Goldstone58903/1906Chester 62413/03/1906LMS Railway, Chester
Good Hope*72506/1915Chester 76115/06/1915Chester & Liverpool Lighterage
Governor60103/1907Chester 63326/03/1907LMS, Wolverhampton
Greddington67207/1912Chester 70203/09/1912Midlands & Coast
Greece (x)65505/1912Not registered(rebuilt), LMS, Wolverhampton
Grenade76407/1916Chester 80019/09/1916Midlands & Coast
Grouse*66306/1912Wolverhampton 103410/06/1912Chester & Liverpool Lighterage
Hague*53006/1899Chester 55113/06/1899
Hamlet (w)07/1911Chester 67704/07/1911Bishops Wharf Carrying Co
Harry65303/1911Chester 67404/04/1911Lees & Atkins, Polesworth
Haughton66707/1912Chester 69616/07/1912(ex J. Clews & Son) W. Wood
Havre73508/1915Chester 77231/08/1915Anderton Company
Heath*61501/1909Chester 64802/02/1909W. Guest, Wolverhampton
Hector (w)08/1911Chester 68105/09/1911LMS Railway, Barrow in Furness
Hogarth (t)63305/1910Chester 66410/05/1910LMS Railway
Holbeen (x) *63505/1910Not registeredLMS Railway
Hoogley (m)70903/1920Chester 70909/03/1920Anderton Company
Hoogly70901/1913Chester 70914/01/1913Became motor boat
Hussar*57011/1903Chester 60110/11/1903W.H. Aston (Worcester) Ltd
Imogen*65109/1911Wolverhampton 1018
Chester 808
11/09/1911
09/01/1917
Rebuilt 1917; Fellows, Morton & Clayton
Imperator60407/1907Chester 63616/07/1907LMS, Wolverhampton
Independence*56707/1903Chester 59801/09/1903Sidney Strong, Hillmorton
Indus67812/1912Chester 70710/12/1912Anderton Company
Irawadi68302/1913Chester 71218/02/1913Sidney Strong, Hillmorton
Irene55606/1902Chester 58328/07/1902Henry Seddon & Sons Ltd
Italian*61312/1908Chester 64605/01/1909Chester & Liverpool Lighterage
Juliet*65012/1911Wolverhampton 102611/12/1911Midlands & Coast
Jupiter (t)59509/1906Chester 62711/09/1906Sold 1925
Khartoum52402/1899Chester 54521/02/1899
Kimberley (w)04/1900Chester 56317/04/1900Chester & Liverpool Lighterage
King55509/1901Chester 57917/09/1901Sold 1925
King Edward VII (w)12/1902Chester 58823/12/1902Sold 1925
Kitchener52302/1899Chester 54421/02/1899
Korea*57206/1906Chester 60505/07/1904Chester & Liverpool Lighterage
Krishna68102/1913Chester 71118/02/1913
Kuikul77503/1917Chester 81110/04/1917Joseph R. Rayner, Runcorn
La Basee74009/1915Chester 77609/10/1915G. Payne Crofts, Northampton
Ladysmith (w)04/1900Chester 56217/04/1900Chester & Liverpool Lighterage?
Lancer*56911/1903Chester 60010/11/1903Sold 1925
Lear*61107/1911Chester 66918/07/1911Chester & Liverpool Lighterage
Leige (x) *70707/1915Not registeredLMS Railway, Brierley Hill
Lemberg74612/1915Chester 78311/01/1916A&A Peate, Maesbury Mill
Lilley (x)70612/1914Not registeredLMS Railway
Lord Roberts54709/1900Chester 56804/09/1900Sold 1925
Lord Stalbridge (w)11/1908Chester 64501/12/1908Bishops Wharf Carrying Co
Magic53801/1900Chester 55909/01/1900
Magnetic*57511/1904Chester 60906/12/1904LMS, Chester
Malines*71602/1915Chester 75302/03/1915Noah Hingley & Sons Ltd
Mallard (x)66607/1912Not registeredLMS Railway
Manchuria11/1904Chester 61006/12/1904LMS Railway
Marne74411/1915Chester 78123/11/1915Chester & Liverpool Lighterage
Maxim71212/1914Chester 74605/01/1915Chester & Liverpool Lighterage
Melbourne61703/1909Chester 65016/03/1909
Mercury59611/1906Chester 62820/11/1906Henry Stokes, Wolverhampton
Mikado57406/1904Chester 60705/07/1904LMS Railway, Chester
Milner55706/1902Chester 58428/07/1902LMS Railway, Chester
Minden67107/1912Chester 70103/09/1912Ernest Thomas, Woodseaves
Miranda*64610/1911Wolverhampton 102309/10/1911Chester & Liverpool Lighterage
Moldavia*73909/1915Chester 77414/09/1915Midlands & Coast
Molly*61112/1910Chester 66920/12/1910Renamed Lear
Mons*73207/1915Chester 76827/07/1915Chester & Liverpool Lighterage
Munition*76306/1916Chester 79811/07/1916Fellows, Morton & Clayton
Nancy (x)01/1908Not registered(ex J. Clews & Son); Ernest Thomas, Walsall
Nestor (w)01/1912Chester 68918/01/1912Bishops Wharf Carrying Co
Norman*60906/1908Chester 64222/07/1908Cancelled 1926
Olga*56811/1903Chester 59910/11/1903Sold 1927
Ophelia*64305/1911Wolverhampton 101008/05/1911Fellows, Morton & Clayton
Orange54307/1900Chester 56610/07/1900Enoch Kinnerley, Chester
Orb (w)07/1911Chester 67905/09/1911William Bate & Co
Othello*65203/1912Wolverhampton 103111/03/1912Fellows, Morton & Clayton
Outrage73107/1915Chester 76713/07/1915Chester & Liverpool Lighterage
Parisian*61412/1908Chester 64705/01/1909Sidney Strong, Hillmorton
Partridge65404/1912Chester 69216/04/1912Chester & Liverpool Lighterage
Patriot (t)60001/1907Chester 63215/01/1907LMS Railway, Wolverhampton
Peacock*67510/1912Chester 70415/10/1912Chester & Liverpool Lighterage
Pekin*54909/1900Chester 57004/09/1900
Pheasant66406/1912Chester 69502/07/1912Noah Hingley & Sons Ltd
Pioneer58701/1906Chester 62230/01/1906Scrapped 1925
Pirate*71805/1915Chester 75518/05/1915Cornelius Tew, Barbridge
Platoon76107/1916Chester 79611/07/1916
Pleiades*59711/1906Chester 62920/11/1906LMS Railway, Spon Lane
Portia*64104/1911Wolverhampton 100810/04/1911Midlands & Coast
Priam (w)06/1912Chester 69916/07/1912Richard Abel & Sons
Princess of Wales (w)08/1904Chester 60806/09/1904Sold 1925
Protection56405/1903Chester 59509/06/1903Anderton Company
Prudence56205/1903Chester 59309/06/1903Cancelled 1926
Rabiern (x) *63608/1912Not registeredLMS Railway
Rachael**65701/1911Chester 67231/01/1911Renamed Valentine
Raeburn63707/1910Chester 66612/07/1910
Ralph Brocklebank (s)00/1903Not registeredBecame Daniel Adamson
Raphael (w)01/1911Chester 67003/01/1911Bishops Wharf Carrying Co
Rave*68201/1913Chester 71004/02/1913George Wood, Wolverhampton
Ravensdale62004/1909Chester 65320/04/1909
Reciprocity*56507/1903Chester 59601/09/1903Anderton Company
Refugee*71502/1915Chester 75216/02/1915LMS Railway, Bloxwich
Regulator*60205/1907Chester 63404/06/1907Chester & Liverpool Lighterage
Rembrandt63812/1910Chester 66806/12/1910Anderton Company
Retaliation*56607/1903Chester 59701/09/1903Anderton Company
Reynolds (t)64001/1911Chester 67117/01/1911LMS Railway, Chester
Rhoda53106/1899Chester 55213/06/1899
Riga*76709/1916Chester 80219/09/1916Noah Hingley & Sons Ltd
Rodbaston66807/1912Chester 69816/07/1912Sold 1925
Roman (x) *60711/1907Not registeredLMS Railway, Brierley Hill
Roumania*73811/1915Chester 77823/11/1915Midlands & Coast
Rubens63407/1910Chester 66505/07/1910Chester & Liverpool Lighterage
Rumelia73709/1915Chester 77514/09/1915Joseph R. Rayner, Runcorn
Russian60801/1908Chester 63914/01/1908F.H. Walker, Oldham
Salamis (w)12/1914Chester 74705/01/1915William Bate & Co
Salonica*75604/1916Chester 79109/05/1916Midlands & Coast
Samuel Sanday (w)09/1907Chester 63710/09/1907Bishops Wharf Carrying Co
Sappho70006/1914Chester 73514/07/1914Midlands & Coast
Sardinia*70509/1914Chester 74006/10/1914Fellows, Morton & Clayton
Sardis70208/1914Chester 73701/09/1914Fellows, Morton & Clayton
Saturn59801/1907Chester 63015/01/1907LMS Railway, Wolverhampton
Satyr (w)11/1914Chester 74224/11/1914William Bate & Co
Sceptre (w)06/1911Chester 67620/06/1911Bishops Wharf Carrying Co
Scholar69312/1913Wolverhampton 1047
Chester 728
08/12/1913
31/03/1914
(ex Elizabeth Court); Midlands & Coast
Scipio70410/1914Chester 74106/11/1914Chester & Liverpool Lighterage
Senator*58107/1905Chester 61518/07/1905
Serbia73609/1915Chester 77314/09/1915Chester & Liverpool Lighterage
Sesostris70108/1914Chester 73601/09/1914Fellows, Morton & Clayton
Shannon7507/1902Chester 58228/07/1902(rebuilt)
Shark12/1913Wolverhampton 104808/12/1913(ex Elizabeth Court); John Griffiths, Bedworth
Shelagh*57712/1904Chester 61117/01/1905J. H. Taylor & Sons, Chester
Shropshire (t)61903/1909Chester 65206/04/1909
Silurian69703/1914Chester 73114/04/1914
Sincerity (x)68912/1913Not registeredLMS Railway
Sir Archibald Murray(x) *75104/1916Not registeredLMS Railway
Sir Charles Munro74801/1916Chester 78511/01/1916Edward Dean, Barbridge
Sir David Beatty*72306/1915Chester 76015/06/1915Ex Spy Chester & Liverpool
Sir Douglas Haig74701/1916Chester 78411/01/1916Midlands & Coast
Sir H. S. Dorrien (x) *75003/1916Not registeredLMS Railway, Albion
Sir John French70812/1914Chester 74305/01/1915Chester & Liverpool Lighterage
Sir John Jellicoe75302/1916Chester 78807/03/1916A&A Peate, Maesbury Mill
Sir John Nixon75201/1916Chester 78708/02/1916Anderton Company
Sir William Robertson74901/1916Chester 78611/01/1916Fellows, Morton & Clayton
Siren69201/1914Chester 72603/02/1914
Skate*68711/1913Chester 71918/11/1913Chester & Liverpool Lighterage
Smiler69605/1914Chester 73019/05/1914LMS Railway, Wolverhampton
Socrates*70309/1914Chester 73915/09/1914Fellows, Morton & Clayton
Somme76909/1916Chester 80410/10/1916Fellows, Morton & Clayton
Sophocles69905/1914Chester 73419/05/1914Chester & Liverpool Lighterage
Sovereign69101/1914Chester 72220/01/1914
Sparta (w)08/1914Chester 73815/09/1914William Bate & Co
Spring*58006/1905Chester 61420/06/1905
Spy*72306/1915Chester 76015/06/1915Renamed Sir David Beatty
Starling69503/1914Chester 72931/03/1914LMS Railway, Chester
Stately*69401/1914Chester 72320/01/1914Joseph R. Rayner, Runcorn
Station (x)63908/1909Not registeredLMS Railway, Wolverhampton
Stella*54008/1893Chester 30727/08/1893(rebuilt)
Sun (x) *59207/1906Not registeredLMS Railway
Sutley (x)68808/1913Not registeredLMS Railway, Wolverhampton
Swift69012/1913Chester 72106/01/1914Anderton Company
Swindon*63001/1910Chester 66128/01/1910LMS Railway, Wolverhampton
Sybil*57801/1905Chester 61217/01/1905Chester & Liverpool Lighterage
Symbol*69804/1914Chester 73214/04/1914LMS Railway, Wolverhampton
Syphon68611/1913Chester 72018/11/1913LMS Railway
Tariff*57112/1903Chester 60322/12/1903Sold 1927
Teak (w)02/1901Chester 57219/02/1901Sold 1925
Ted (x) *55003/1901Not registeredLMS Railway, Ettingshall
The Belle (w)01/1912Chester 69018/01/1912
Tilstone*54809/1900Chester 56904/09/1900LMS Railway, Chester
Titania*64406/1911Wolverhampton 101312/06/1911Fellows, Morton & Clayton
Tom (x)10/1904Not registeredJ. Baker
Torpedo (x) *72407/1915Not registeredLMS Railway
Townshend*75504/1916Chester 79009/05/1916Noah Hingley & Sons Ltd
Tugela*54607/1900Chester 56710/07/1900Noah Hingley & Sons Ltd
Ulysees (w)10/1911Chester 68428/11/1911
Undaunted71401/1915Chester 74902/02/1915Chester & Liverpool Lighterage
Vaal*54407/1900Chester 56510/07/1900
Valentine*65701/1911Chester 67218/07/1911(ex Rachael) Sold 1925
Venus (t)59409/1906Chester 62611/09/1906LMS Railway, Chester
Verdun*76005/1916Chester 79506/06/1916Midlands & Coast
Vigil53511/1899Chester 55628/11/1899
Warfare71703/1915Chester 75430/03/1915Arthur Sumner, Wrenbury
Warsaw*73408/1915Chester 77031/08/1915Midlands & Coast
Water Lily11/1911Chester 66728/11/1911
Water Lily (m)10/1910Chester 66718/10/1910Became horse boat
Welcome75905/1915Chester 79409/11/1916(ex Anzac) Noah Hingley
Wellwisher*77011/1916Chester 80521/11/1916Fellows, Morton & Clayton
Westminster53208/1899Chester 55305/09/1899
Whirlpool*77111/1916Chester 80621/11/1916Noah Hingley & Sons Ltd
Whisperer*77211/1916Chester 80721/11/1916Fellows, Morton & Clayton
Widgeon77603/1917Chester 81210/04/1917Chester & Liverpool Lighterage
Wilden*58211/1905Chester 61721/11/1905LMS Railway, Wolverhampton
Willow77303/1917Chester 80913/03/1917Fellows, Morton & Clayton
Wisdom77403/1917Chester 81013/03/1917Fellows, Morton & Clayton
Witness77703/1917Chester 81310/04/1917Chester & Liverpool Lighterage
Woodcock*66505/1912Chester 69304/06/1912Midlands & Coast
Woodlark21803/1901Chester 64110/03/1908(rebuilt)
Wren59304/1903Nantwich 7915/04/1903(rebuilt) LMS, Wolverhampton
Yalu*57306/1904Chester 60605/07/1904Cancelled 1926
Yeoman (x)*55109/1907Not registered
Ypres*72907/1915Chester 76513/07/1915Fellows, Morton & Clayton
Zeppelin (x)*72006/1915Not registeredLMS Railway, Wolverhampton

(m)motor boat 
(t)Trench boats 
(x)day boats operating on the Birmingham Canal Navigations
(w)wide boats, barges and flats

Notes: These list the known fate of the boats

*Fleet Numbers: Some of these have been assessed using the chronological sequence but many were derived from the Birmingham Canal Navigations gauging registers and others appear on photographs. Entries marked with an asterisk (*) have been verified. The wide boats were not incorporated into the chronological fleet numbering sequence.

Builders: The vast majority of the boats were built at the company’s own yards and principally that at Tower Wharf, Chester. A few were built elsewhere including ten by William Nurser & Sons at Braunston between 1911 and 1915 and another four by Lees & Atkins of Polesworth.