Posted on 08/11/2013

Photo taken on May 18, 2013

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Fiddlers Ferry
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Inshore Tug

Inshore Tug
Built in Germany in 1945, but launched at Hessle, and given the designation TID 174 (Tug, Inshore and Dock - the number can be seen on the stripe at the top of the funnel), the Bonchurch now resides on the Sankey Canal at the Fiddlers Ferry Yatch Haven.

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Is she safe to go aboard or are there restrictions?
Wouldn't it be nice if someone from Germany came over an rescued the old girl?
3 years ago.
It would have been nice to have had a look around her, but it was not to be; The side of the canal on which she is moored is closed off to the general public.
Maybe if a ship preservation society in Germany knew of her existance, they might make an offer...
3 years ago.
Les Pickstock
Les Pickstock
Bonchurch was built at Hessle on the Humber by Henry Scarr Ltd. She was built as TID 174 an oil burning steam tug. She was assigned to the Port of London authority until 1947 when she was passed to the French Government. In 1963 she went to Canada, returned 3 years later and worked along the south coast until passing into private owner ship and being converted as a house boat. Due to various circumstances she is now stuck in the Sankey canal bcause the lock is no longer functioning. Judging by her condition as seen recently it's possible this is
her last resting place.
10 months ago. Edited 10 months ago.
Tractacus has replied to Les Pickstock
Many thanks for the info. On the occasion of this visit, I noticed that the lock was badly silted up. Seems a shame that it's no longer in use, as it means that the resident boats are now something of a captive audience.
10 months ago.