Lynx

There are two narrow boats called Lynx. The boat that we are concerned with is the former Fellows, Morton and Clayton motor boat, the other is a former Grand Union Canal Carrying Company butty boat that has been converted to a motor boat.

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We loaded Lynx with around 19 tonnes of solid fuel at Valencia Wharf in Oldbury, in the days when I operated from there. This wharf was then the yard of Les Allen and Sons, and we rented a corner of it to bag and load coal from. Lynx was owned at the time by Dave Parry, who joined me in a trip down the Stourbridge Canal and the Staffs & Worcs Canal, down the Severn and on to the Gloucester & Berkeley Canal. We returned to Oldbury via the Worcester & Birmingham Canal. 

We also tipped loose Welsh anthracite into Lynx from the wharf at Greensforge on the Staffs & Worcs Canal in 1998.

Dave subsequently sold Lynx to Fred Heritage who boated extensively with it until finally selling it in 2013.

Lynx is now operated by Lawrence Williams and Sarah Parrott under the South Midland Water Transport banner, and carried its’ first load for nineteen years in July 2017, which was pre-packed solid fuel from our wharf at Awbridge to Alvecote Marina on the Coventry Canal.

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