Potter & Son

Famous Fleets feature article Issue 25 - Spring 2012

NameFleet noJoined fleetRegistration numberRegistration dateBuilder/sourceNotes
AdaRuncorn 40525/02/1879Ex Potter, Garnett & Ellison, Runcorn; to Salt Union 2/90 (Iceland)
AnnieRuncorn 40625/02/1879Ex Potter, Garnett & Ellison, Runcorn; to Salt Union 2/90 (Greenland)
GeorgeRuncorn 63405/05/1879Ex Potter & Garnett, Runcorn
MaryRuncorn 63505/05/1879Ex Potter & Garnett, Runcorn
Mary AnnStoke-on-Trent 46910/05/1918Ex George Bunn, Tunstall
May QueenStoke-on-Trent 26900/10/1909Ex John Bailey, Harding's Wood (Ellen) 10/08; cut up 1913
SapphireStoke-on-Trent 60524/05/1900
SaxonStoke-on-Trent 60122/03/1900
Sea FoamStoke-on-Trent 66531/03/1903
SeagullStoke-on-Trent 77429/05/1913To Anderton Company for scrapping 1/49
SeasprayDaventry 34307/03/1922New, William Nurser & Sons
ShamrockStoke-on-Trent 76830/01/1913
ShannonRuncorn 99425/08/1896Ex James Tomkinson, Stockton Brook (Nellie) 9/31
ShannonStoke-on-Trent 69000/00/1905
ShotRuncorn 46625/02/1879Ex Potter & Garnett, Runcorn; to Thomas & James Rayner 2/89
Silver Jubilee (m)Stoke-on-Trent 96801/07/1948Ex Anderton Company (Greece) 4/48; to Peter Keay & Son 9/58
SirdarStoke-on-Trent 90430/12/1929New by Anderton Company 9/29; to Cowburn & Cowpar 2/48
SkylarkStoke-on-Trent 59530/11/1899Originally fly boat, re-registered as ordinary boat 1938
SnowdonStoke-on-Trent 66200/00/1903
SnowdropRuncorn 100710/05/1899Cut up 3/47
SnowflakeStoke-on-Trent 59700/00/1900
SnowflakeStoke-on-Trent 94527/01/1937Ex Anderton Company 12/38; to Henry Seddon & Sons 12/55
Somerset (m)Stoke-on-Trent 92927/01/1937Ex Anderton Company (Somerset) 3/48; sunk Middlewich 6/55
SpartanStoke-on-Trent 89730/06/1927
SpeckRuncorn 46525/02/1879Ex Potter & Garnett, Runcorn; to Thomas & James Rayner 2/89
SpeedwellRuncorn 819
Runcorn 1004
Cut up 1951
SpeedyStoke-on-Trent ?From Weaver Navigation records 1925
SpringStoke-on-Trent 45623/01/1905Ex Samuel Fox, Longport (Herbert)
SpringStoke-on-Trent 77529/05/1913Ex Anderton Company 4/29; to Henry Seddon & Sons 6/56
Stag HoundStoke-on-Trent ?
StanleyStoke-on-Trent 83500/00/1921
StarStoke-on-Trent 71000/00/1907
Starlight (m)Stoke-on-Trent 93411/10/1948Ex Anderton Company (Riga) 9/48; to Henry Seddon & Sons 6/56
StorkStoke-on-Trent 56122/10/1896To Mersey Weaver 12/48; cut up 1953
SuccessRuncorn 98823/03/1896
SunStoke-on-Trent ?From Weaver Navigation records 1925
SunbeamStoke-on-Trent 938
Stoke-on-Trent 938
Fore-cabin removed 12/52; to Henry Seddon & Sons 1955
SunflowerStoke-on-Trent 604/02/1953From Weaver Navigation records 1925
SunlightStoke-on-Trent 95130/11/1939New by Anderton Company 10/38; to Peter Keay & Son 12/58; became day boat on BCN
SunriseStoke-on-Trent 63914/05/1902To Anderton Company for scrapping 5/49
SunsetStoke-on-Trent 726 30/07/1908Cut up 2/48
Sunshine (m)Stoke-on-Trent 924 30/07/1908Ex Anderton Company 1948 (Portugal); to F.J. Gospill 11/58 for houseboat
SuperiorStoke-on-Trent 44500/00/1892
SupremeStoke-on-Trent 77000/00/1913
SurvivorRuncorn 46905/08/1905Ex Swiftsure
SwallowStoke-on-Trent 78800/00/1914
SwanStoke-on-Trent 80500/00/1916To Dale Hall Mills Ltd, Northwich (inspection 5/31); sold and scrapped 6/53
SwiftStoke-on-Trent 67522/03/1905Fore-cabin added 1907; cut up 12/47
SwiftsureRuncorn 46925/02/1879Renamed Survivor
SwiftsureStoke-on-Trent 70525/04/1907Fore cabin added; to Anderton Company for scrapping 5/49

This fleet list is based on the canal boat records for Runcorn and Stoke-on-Trent. Whilst the former is complete from No 1 (Lizzie) on 6th December 1878 to the end, the Stoke register is far from complete, with the first 250 entries up to 1879 missing and many gaps thereafter, some of which have been filled from inspection records, surviving records of Potter & Son dating back to 1924, and other records.

At Runcorn the first registration for Potter & Son is 469 Swiftsure on 25th February 1879 and the last, 1007 Snowdrop, on 10th May 1899, indicating that the practice of naming boats with names beginning with ‘S’ had been clearly established. Thereafter all registrations seem to have been confined to Stoke.

Four boats – Bertha, Frances, Hungerford and Marjorie – are included under the Potter & Son entry in the Weaver Navigation records of December 1925, but may have been belonged to other carriers.

The 1875–81 Transhipment Journal for Anderton Boat Lift contains the names of 185 narrowboats used by Potter & Son over the lift during that period, and includes the names of the following Potter boats that appear in subsequent registrations: 12th August 1875, Swiftsure; 18th October 1876, Swan; 14th June 1877, Speedwell; 25th August 1877, Shannon; 17th September 1877, Success; 30th May 1881, Spring. 

The Journal also contains the names of boats used by William Ellison, and includes names of the following Ellison boats that appear in registrations under a combination of names of Garnett, Jonathan Potter and Francis Amelia Ellison during the period September to December 1875: Shot, Speck, George, Mary. 

The registration of canal boats did not start until right at the end of 1878 or early 1879.

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