THE AIRE AND CALDER NAVIGATION COMPANY

The Aire & Calder Navigation dates from 1698 and existed until nationalised as part of the British Transport Commission in 1948. It developed the canal from Leeds to Knottingley by 1702, extended it to Wakefield and then to Goole in 1826. Over the years it owned many vessels including 'flyboats' or barges both horse-drawn, towed and powered. This listing includes only the more significant powered vessels, including the fleet of 'Merchandise' and 'Compartment Boat' ('Tom Pudding') tugs.

In the 1880's a fleet of hopper barges was built in order to assist in the Lower Ouse Improvement scheme (the A.& C. N. acquired powers to control the Ouse from above Goole to Trent Falls).

From 1903 operated as The Trustees of the Aire & Calder Navigation Company.

Additional information always welcome.

 

ALBERT 1855

MONTAGU 1855

MILNER 1855

OUSE TENDER 1883

OUSE HOPPER No.1 1885

OUSE HOPPER No.2 1885

OUSE HOPPER No.3 1886

OUSE HOPPER No.4 1886

OUSE HOPPER No.5 1887

OUSE HOPPER No.6 1887

ANNIE (No4 Hoist pontoon) 1909

ALPHA 1943

TUG FLEET and Miscellaneous Vessels

 

Dumb barges

AC.24, AC.25 and AC.26 all by Thomas Scott, Goole in 1899

 

Later dumb barges

All by John Harker Ltd., Knottingley in 1946

BARNSLEY yard number 209, launched 3/10/1946

HADDLESEY yard number 210, launched 3/10/1946

KNOTTINGLEY yard number 211, launched 1/11/1946

STANLEY yard number 212, launched 1/11/1946

WHITLEY

From Terry Thwaite ...

The Knottingley, Stanley and Whitley were all motorised whilst the Barnsley and Haddlesey remained dumb boats.
 

 

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