Valencia Wharf, Oldbury.

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Roach tied up with the Union Towage fleet of mud-hoppers at Valencia Wharf, Oldbury. This was Les Allen and Sons boat building yard at the time. The hopper boat that Roach is tied to was towed around by John for a year or so, and used to carry pre-packed smokeless fuels, as Roach was being regularly loaded with housecoal in 20 tonne loads. The motor boat on the inside is Chertsey, and the River class butty alongside Chertsey is one of only two built to accommodate a lift-out cabin.

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