Monday, 8 November 2010

Two more working boats: Small Woolwiches Archimedes and Ara

Some more photos from our Thames cruise. Just coming out of Clifton Lock heading downstream were Grand Union Canal Carrying Company boats Archimedes (motor) and Ara (butty).

They are running with little freeboard, as fully laden narrowboats did on the canals. But this is the Thames, with large "don't get in my way" trip boats, some of which produce large amounts of wash.

They must have been all right, though, as here they are at the IWA Festival at Beale Park, delivering diesel and coal in the morning mist.

In the title to this post I've called them "small Woolwiches" because, according to the useful website A.M.Models that's what they are. Like "large Woolwiches" they were built by Harland and Wolff at North Woolwich, but I don't know in what way they are smaller than the "large" ones.


No Direction said...

They were certainly busy, I rang Tom Hill, the owner at 7.30 am on the Wednesday after the show to order fuel and they got to us at 11.00 am on Thursday.

MortimerBones said...

the bottom picture is stunningly beautiful!

Halfie said...

Thank you Mort!