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PIONEER (a)

Craft

 

Built by

Hull

Cost

Type

PIONEER (A)

 

John Inshaw

70’ x 7’ x 4’6’’

 

Carrying Tug

Owners

Address

Source for

First Date

Moira Colliery Co & Coventry Canal Co

Joint owners

WW 9/84 p35

(1856)

Steamer Registrations

Owner

Place

PH No

As

Date Inspected

Date Registered

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steamer Gaugings

Owner

Place

Gauging Number

Notes

Date

 

 

 

 

 

Boiler

Locomotive type set above…(Plan on file)

SoC p15

 

Engine

….the crankshaft of a 2 cylinder 6hp  horizontal engine (one cylinder on each side of the boiler) which drove twin counter-rotating propellers via bevel gears

SoC p15

 

Steamer History

Designed by James (sic) Inshaw of Birmingham for use on the Ashby & Coventry Canals.  “…a large portion of the boat for cargo”

Banned by Midland Railway, owners of Ashby Canal, for bank erosion

 Appeal at Court of Chancery.  Mr W Pole investigated and found that the wash was not damaging below 4 mph. The court ruled that “steam craft should be permitted to operate subject to observance of the speed limit”

Worked Ashby Canal to Braunston, Coventry and Rugby

 

 

SPoC

 

SoC p15

SoC p15

 

 

WW 9/84 p35

 

 

 

1859

5.1859

Fate

 

Date

 

Documents on file

Drawing of Boiler and Engine designed by  John  Inshaw                                           pc            1859

 

 

GJCC Minutes (PRO)

 

PRO RAIL 830/16

 

4.12.1860                In consequence of the favourable results of the working of the new Steam Tug and Carrying Boat.  Resolved that three new iron boats, three new wooden boats with iron sterns and three new wooden boats with iron sheets at the stern all fitted with steam engines and screws similar to those in the Pioneer be ordered according to the drawings and specifications to be furnished by Mr Burch…Resolved also that there be built two iron tug boats of greater power for the purpose of conveying the trade on the Canal to and from Paddington and Cowley Lock