Built in 1933 for the Staffordshire and Worcester Canal Company, this vessel is an ice breaking barge of timber carvel construction, with a BMC diesel engine of 5.1 litres. Such vessels were in regular use in the winter on the canals. Built by the company lock gate makers, she was known as 'The Petters Ice Boat' in honour of the Petters hot bulb engine then installed. Transferred to the BCN on Nationalisation, she became known as TUG WILSON in the 1950s and 1960s.
She was bought by private owners in 1968 and is in use as a private leisure craft.
Update Feb 2020: Reported by member of public that the vessel was abandoned and became derelict, and was cut up and destroyed in 2015, at Prestwood Wharf.
Ice breaking barge built for the Staffordshire and Worcester Canal Company
Transferred to the BCN on nationalisation of the canals following the 1947 Transport Act
1950s & 60s
Became known as TUG WILSON
Bought by private owners for use as a private leisure craft
Cabin replaced and reskinned. Sides replanked
Vessel extensively cruised
Extensive repairs and maintenance carried out
Vessel reportedly cut up and destroyed.
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