The tug BRENT was built by the Bushell Brothers at their yard in Tring, but she is unusual in that she was not fitted out there. Her wooden hull was completed at the yard before she was then towed to the Grand Junction Canal Co's maintenance depot at Bulbourne for a 44hp Kromhout semi-diesel engine to be craned aboard and fitted. Tests followed on the Regent's Canal, with Charles and Joseph Bushell amongst those on board.
BRENT was used to pull trains of barges from the top of Hampstead Road Lock on the long level of the Regent's Canal and Paddington Arm. A feature much remarked upon at the time was that the exhaust, which was normally discharged vertically through silencers, could be diverted to emerge under water when passing through tunnels.
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