SP0686 : Narrow Boat Tay at Gas Street Basin (1969)

taken 53 years ago, near to Birmingham, Great Britain

Narrow Boat Tay at Gas Street Basin (1969)
Narrow Boat Tay at Gas Street Basin (1969)
Narrow boat Tay moored in the arm seen in SP0686 : Gas Street Basin - looking across the basin (1968). Tay was a wooden tanker boat in the fleet of Thomas Clayton Ltd of Oldbury & built in 1938. Such boats were used to transport tar & other bulk fluids. Canal carrying ended in March 1966 & many of the boats, all (I believe) named after rivers, were sold. Here Tay has been repainted with the name of its new owners but more recently it has been restored to its historic Thomas Clayton livery as can be seen here: LinkExternal link
Gas Street Basin in 1968/1969

Stepping through the door of the high wall on Gas Street took one into a private & totally different world, completely cut off from the hustle & bustle of Broad Street.

In 1968 it was still the world (just) of working narrow boats & there was no indication what so ever of the transformation that was to come to Gas Street Basin. The Birmingham & Midland Carrying Company had been formed by enthusiasts in 1965 & a few of its boats could be found in the basin although in truth I think there was little trade for them by then.

Gas Street marked the point at which the Worcester & Birmingham Canal joined the Birmingham Canal Navigation & each company had its own basin separated by the Worcester Bar. Initially there was no connection between the 2 canals - the BCN refused it because of the fear of losing water to the W&B and any transhipment between boats had to be made manually. In 1815 an Act of Parliament allowed a connection to be made but with a stop lock to minimise water loss. This lock has long since been removed.

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Date Taken
February 1969   (more nearby)
Friday, 23 February, 2018
Geographical Context
City, Town centre  Canals 
Primary Subject of Photo
Canal Basin 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 0625 8664 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:28.6592N 1:54.5645W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 0626 8661
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