tarboat

tarboat

Posted on 04/07/2015


Photo taken on April  6, 2015



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cheshire
barge
ellesmere port
boat museum


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FCB18

FCB18
FCB18 is a concrete barge built by Messrs Wates Ltd of Barrow-in-Furness in 1944. The use of concrete for building such vessels enabled a saving of around ⅔ of the amount of steel required for a conventional barge. It is now hidden away in a remote corner of the Boat Museum at Ellesmere Port as certain people consider this important barge to be an eyesore as cement is not sexy enough for their populist ideals.

Ronnie Bell, Frank Roolooth, Don Barrett (aka DBs travels) and 2 other people have particularly liked this photo


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StoneRoad2013
StoneRoad2013
That'll be right, Tarboat.
Some people are just not interested - however, there are the remains of a tug "Creteblock" at Whitby (Saltwick Nab) and a barge "Cretewheel" at Church Point, Newbiggin by the Sea.

Actually, I find the subject / technology to be fascinating - yachts can also be built from ferrocement ..............
2 years ago.
Don Barrett (aka DBs travels)
Don Barrett (aka DBs…
I'd never heard of a concrete boat of any type, so thanks for posting this (and for the comment from StoneRoad2013)
2 years ago.
Frank Roolooth
Frank Roolooth
I've also never heard of concrete boats so it's interesting to see this shot and read the info you've provided.
2 years ago.
GrahamH
GrahamH
They seemed popular in my part of the world a few decades ago. The father of a school friend built one in their front yard in suburban Sydney then sailed around the western Pacific in it.
2 years ago.
Mike Penny
Mike Penny
There were some concrete barges in Gloucester, by the Waterways Museum. I don't know if they are still there.
2 years ago.