KING was built and launched in 1905 and was in service for Bathurst, the building firm, on Avon, Severn and Sharpness/Gloucester Canal. During the Great War in scheduled service with light deck cargo, she was used mostly for pleasure trips until 1958, then sold to Bristol, where despite determined efforts to overwhelm her with plywood and GRP, she was discovered and rescued. She was later broken up in Stratfod Upon Avon after rot was found in the hull.and the engine was sold separately.
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Jeremiah, Josephine, Along the Avon from Stratford to Twekesbury, Alan Sutton Ltd, 1994
Weaver, C P & Weaver, C R, Steam on Canals, David and Charles, 1987
Classic Boat: One Day steamboat King will be a real lady, January 2002
Built and launched for use by Bathurst, builders, on Avon, Severn and Sharpness/Gloucester Canal
During First World War in scheduled service with light deck cargo
Used mostly for pleasure trips
Sold to pivate owner in Bristol for conversion to houseboat
Rescued having been found in poor condition in Bristol
Broken up in Stratfod Upon Avon after rot was found in hull. Engine was sold separately
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