In 1914 the Runcorn boatyard of Simpson Davies built a distinctive style of narrow boat for the Salt Union Company. She was named MULL and was used for cargo carrying on the Bridgewater and connected canals and was originally towed by a horse.
In 1929 the boat was sold to Agnes Beech and renamed HAZEL. She plied between Leigh and Northwich carrying coal, pulled by a mule. By 1948 this work was finished and HAZEL was used for passenger trips.
In 1951 she was fitted with a full length cabin and an engine and began a new career as a residential craft and her owners at that time campaigned to save the canals from closure.
In 1988 HAZEL was donated to the Wooden Canal Craft Trust. Since then a fund for her restoration has been steadily growing. Restoration of this boat is now a high priority for the Wooden Canal Boat Society.
Scrivener, Colin, Waterways World: My Affair wih Hazel, February 1995
Built by Simpson & Davies of Runcorn
She was sold to Agnes Beech who renamed her ‘Hazel’
She plied between Leigh and Northwich carrying coal pulled by a mule.
Purchased by a garage owner in Leigh who put her to work as a crude passenger boat
Cabin and engine added, vessel became residential
Vessel donated to the Wooden Canal Craft Trust
Vessel undergoing restoration, completion expected May 2013
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