Starling & Ethel

We have loaded Starling many times over the years for various destinations, but have load Ethel only once (see Tales from the Tiller). Starling was built for Cowburn & Cowpar by Yarwoods at Northwich in the nineteen-thirties. It was built to carry chemicals in glass carboys on behalf of Courtaulds between their works at Trafford Park, Manchester, and sites at Coventry and Wolverhampton in the Midlands. Ethel was also built at Yarwoods, but in the nineteen twenties for the LMS railway company.

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Starling was first used by us in 2001, and has been all over the country with us, as far afield as the Weaver and Preston Brook, Whaley Bridge, all round the Midlands, Long Buckby, Oxford, Newbury and down the Severn to Sharpness. The picture above shows John steering Starling with Ethel under tow through Broad Street Tunnel in Birmingham, both boats loaded with coal for delivery between Birmingham and Gloucester.

Further information is contained in the missive entitled “Starling and Ethel at Work” which can be found in the “Tales from the Tiller” section of this website. There is a quick link to it here.


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