Severn & Canal Carrying Co Ltd
For many years, the most important trader on the River Severn and its connecting waterways was the Severn & Canal Carrying Co Ltd. It had built up a large fleet of craft: narrowboats working mainly on the canals; barges, trows and tugs on the river itself; and sea-going craft working out into the Bristol Channel. The company came into existence in 1873 but could trace its roots much further back.
In Issue 2 - Summer 2006 Alan Faulkner looks at the history of Severn & Canal with a 10-page feature, from which this fleet list is taken. It lists the narrowboats in the fleet since 1892.
(m) denotes a motorboat.
As boats were replaced in the fleet, their names were often re-used, sometimes with the same fleet number, but sometimes with a different number.
This table is partly based on a list of canal boats in the company's records dated March 1942, which goes back to almost 1900, but no records have been found for the original Severn & Canal Carrying Shipping & Steam Towing Co Ltd (S&CCS&STC). Hence the exact date when some of these boats joined the fleet cannot be accurately determined. This is indicated by an '00' entry. (m) denotes a motorboat. As boats were replaced in the fleet, their names were often re-used, sometimes with the same fleet number, but sometimes with a different number.