ASH is a ‘tree class’ narrowboat butty, built by W. J. Yarwood & Sons Ltd. at Northwich on 9 August 1936 and delivered to the Erewash Canal Carrying Company on 7 October 1935. She was registered with the Municipal Borough of Loughborough on 1 January 1948 and was transferred to the British Transport Commission, London. She was allocated to the South Eastern Division Carrying Fleet on 1 October 1953 and was then taken on by British Waterways on 1 January 1963. ASH was later sold to Nigel and Di Carter who converted her to a residential boat. In their ownership, she was based at Cowley Lock on the Grand Union Canal. Around 1972, she was sold to Stroudwater Cruises Ltd., Gloucester and in 1974 she was bought by the Birmingham & Midland Canal Carrying Company.
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