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SPEEDWELL

The cover illustration for NarrowBoat Magazine, Autumn 2011, the steamer SPEEDWELL behind her butty THAMES

(by kind permission of the artist, Christopher M. Jones and NarrowBoat Magazine)

John Griffiths’ SPEEDWELL

The Waterways Archive/Canal & River Trust BW197/4/1/1/206

It was the subsequent discovery of the photograph above, in the Bert Dunkley Collection at the Waterways Archive, Ellesmere Port, which prompted Christopher M. Jones to modify his painting by re-positioning the funnel and altering the cabin design to reflect the craft above.  The painting had originally used the layout suggested by JUBILEE

The revised image from NarrowBoat Magazine, Autumn 2012

(by kind permission of the artist, Christopher M. Jones and NarrowBoat Magazine)

 

Craft

Fleet No

Built at

 

Hull

Cost

Type

 

SPEEDWELL

 

 

Wood 70’4’’ x 6’11½’’

 

Carrying nb

Owners

Address

Source for

First Date

John Griffiths

Charles Walter Beckett

 

Bedworth

Kingston upon Thames

Application

Registration

5.8.1909

3.5.1919

Steamer Registrations

Owner

Place

PH No

As

Date Inspected

Date Registered

John Griffiths

C W Beckett

Coventry

Tring

354

87

Steamer Narrowboat

Steam driven

6.8.1909

12.5.1919

24.8.1909

13.5.1919

Steamer Gaugings

Owner

Place

Gauging Number

Notes

Date

John Griffiths

John Griffiths

GJC

GJC

11770

11770 rg

70.4 x 6.11½ Steamer 27 tons

+7cwt

2.1.1913

12.7.1914

Boiler

 

 

Engine

 

 

Maintenance

 

 

Steamer History

Date

Census taken at Cut End, Overseale (Ashby Canal terminus): SWEEDWELL (sic) Master:  John Wilson (26) with MERSEY

Complaint re too much smoke in tunnel Captain Wilson

Inspected in Coventry CIJ

Passed Brentford Toll

Passed Brentford Toll (Capt Garner) carrying  9ton 8cwt with MERSEY (Capt Griffiths) 16ton 15cwt

Passed Brentford Toll (Capt W Garner) carrying 19 ton with MERSEY 25ton 7cwt

Passed Brentford Toll (Capt Griffiths) carrying 18t 2c with MERSEY 29t 5c

Passed Brentford Toll carrying 18t 7cwt

Passed Brentford Toll Capt Griffiths carrying 15t 19c

Passed Brentford Toll carrying 17t 10c

Passed Brentford Toll carrying 16t 12c

Inspected in Coventry CIJ

Inspected in Coventry CIJ

Passed Brentford Toll (Capt Garner) carrying 19t

Passed Brentford Toll carrying 10t 15c

Inspected in Coventry CIJ

Inspected in Coventry CIJ

Passed Brentford toll carrying 8t 5c

Passed Brentford Toll carrying 19t 8c

GJ 11770 noted “Reweighed on Oxford Canal see OC 5632 Charles Court REGAL”

2.4.1911

 

19.5.1911

3.3.1914

12.11.1914

6.3.1915

29.4.1915

19.5.1915

14.6.1915

16.7.1915

5.8.1915

13.9.1915

13.12.1915

18.5.1916

20.5.1916

20.7.1916

4.3.1918

4.6.1918

27.6.1918

16.7.1918

nd

Conversion to motor as REGAL

At

Cost

Engine

Cost

Date

William Iszard Ltd, Dock, North Hyde, Southall

 

 

 

Pre 24.5.1929

Owners

Address

Source for

First Date

Charles Court

The House Boat, Dawley Dock

Inspection

24.5.1929

Motor Registrations

Owner

Place

PH No

As

Date Inspected

Date Registered

Charles Court

Brentford

473

Motor

24.5.1929

26.6.1929

Motor Gaugings

Owner

Place

Gauging Number

Notes

Date

Charles Court

OC

5632

70.4 x 6.11½  Motor  33 tons

Ailsa Craig engine + 80 galls oil

12.12.1932

Maintenance

 

 

Motor History

Date

 

 

Fate

 

Date

 

 

Documents on file

Letter Warren/Millner re Tunnel collision

pc

19.5.1911

GJ Gauging 11770                                                       

                                                            pc

2.1.1913

Coventry Inspections details (see under ENTERPRISE)           

ms

3.3.1914 – 4.6.1918

Nuneaton Canal Inspector’s Journal                                         

pc       

11.2.1931

Oxford Canal Gauging 5632 (as REGAL)                                   

                                    pc           

12.12.1932

 

 

 

 

 

Millner Letters

6.2.1911                  A report received from the Captain of the Blisworth Tunnel Tug respecting Mr John Griffiths’ steamer SPEEDWELL towing a pair of his own boats through the tunnel.  Mr Griffiths’ steamers make a terrible quantity of smoke when only towing a butty boat and they are not capable of towing more than one boat.  They make the tunnel in such a foul state that I am afraid if they are allowed to continue towing more than one boat we shall have an accident in the tunnel with our night gang.  I would suggest that Mr Griffiths be instructed to discontinue towing more than one boat.

 

19.5.1911                I have had a report from Burtin to say when they was going from the south end of the tunnel at 9 oclock turn this morning they met one of Mr John Griffiths Steamer the SPEEDWELL Captain name Wilson the steamer was making very much smoke and they never blew the whistle and the Steamer was on the wrong side of the tunnel and ran into the tug but it as (sic) not done any damage to the tug I have heard by the boat people this afternoon that it as (sic) broken two of the steamers guards off.  F Warren/Millner