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PIONEER

These may be the same craft

 

Craft

Fleet No

Built at

Hull

Cost

Type

PIONEER (B)

 

 

 

£300 (BH)

Carrying

Owners

Address

Source for

First Date

Grand Junction Canal Co

 

 

1859

Steamer Registrations

Owner

Place

PH No

As

Date Inspected

Date Registered

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steamer Gaugings

Owner

Place

Gauging Number

Notes

Date

 

 

 

 

 

Boiler

Vertical flue supplying steam at 75psig

SoC

 

Engine

Single cylinder 9” bore x 8” stroke (8 nhp) cut off about 50%.  Driving a Griffiths 2 bladed propeller with large spherical boss and blades angled forwards.

SoC

 

Steamer History

First trial carrying steamer, designed by Edwyn Elliott, at City Road Basin

 

SoC

 

 

Fate

 

Date

 

 

Craft

Built at

 

Hull

Cost

Type

 

PIONEER (C)
 

Iron knees, oak planking, crossbottom built

 

Tug/carrying

Owners

Address

Source for

First Date

GJCC

(London & Staffordshire Carrying Co)

SURCCo

 

Grand Junction Wharf, Ealing

Chester (cost £255)

Sale record

Watermans Hall

Application

10.1876

20.7.1877

27.12.1878

Steamer Registrations

Owner

Place

PH No

As

Date Inspected

Date Registered

SURCCo

SURCCo

Chester

Chester

56

362

Steamer NB Fly

Steam tug carrying not fly

25.1.1879

14.3.1887

15.3.1879

12.7.1887

Steamer Gaugings

Owner

Place

Gauging Number

Notes

Date

 

 

 

 

 

Boiler

Vertical flue 7’ x 4’ 6’’ dia, copper water heater, double action force and lift donkey pump;

 

Engine

12hp inverted 10’’ dia cylinder direct action engine, driving a Griffith’s 2-bladed wrought iron propeller with cast iron and gun metal boss.

 

 

Maintenance

 

 

Steamer History

Date

Sold for £69.6.0 (GJCC Auction, Lot No 129) as steam tug at Wenlock Basin

Listed at Watermans Hall for (L&S Co) 1008/6309 as 10 (ton) steamboat

Boiler exploded under test, at Crewe works, killing 2 men (NWMIN 81)

Rebuilt or replaced (T Kavanagh BMS Newsletter No 118)

Chester 362 “forecabin added”

Minute 17528 13.10.1888: “should be discontinued as soon as possible for general use”

Minute 18141 Authority given for the old Canal Tugs with the Engines and Boilers to be Sold. (Pioneer?)

11.10.1876

30.7.1877

 

1884

12.7.1887

13.10.1888

26.3.1890

Fate

Cut up (note on Chester 362)

Date

1910

 

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