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The way it used to be

By Ffynnoncadno  
Cactus was the first of an order for ten similar craft, built by W.J. Yarwood and sons Ltd at their River Weaver shipyard, Northwich, Cheshire. Launched on 19th March 1935, final cabin works, engine fitting and complete rigging was undertaken by her Owners, Fellows Morton and Clayton Ltd. She worked as a 'City' boat, towing a butty boat, mainly between Birmingham and London until transfer to the British Transport Commission in 1950, following FMC's voluntary liquidation. After trading for British Waterways Cactus was purchased by the present owner in 1963, eventually to be converted as a 46 seat passenger trip boat, until 1989. During this period one of her operational highlights was to carry HM Queen Elizabeth II, during the National Garden Festival at Stoke-on-Trent in 1986. In the late 1990's Cactus underwent complete re-conversion to her original 1935 specification and condition, with 15hp single cylinder Bolinder semi-diesel engine. Twice judged 'Best Working Narrowboat' at IWA National Rallies, she is presented as a unique example of her marque.

Tags: Transport Canals Monochrome photography Fellows Morton and Clayton historic narrowboat narrowboat Cactus

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DaveRyder Plus
8 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2022 1:13PM
That's a UA image.
The image and post processing really go together well.
Top class result.
Fefe Plus
10 74 41 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2022 2:31PM
Excellent image!
pamelajean Plus
16 1.8k 2264 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2022 7:43PM
Such a fine composition, we are moving forward with them, into the far distance, great depth.

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