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Refurbishment & Repairs

After purchase Swallow departed Barton,Manchester, 26th December 2001

for moorings at Langley Mill, arriving there 1st March

after an epic journey, part single handed,

held up by ice, floods, and stoppages!

Peter Newman (Langley Mill Boat Yard) removed the extended foredeck which had been added
by the Bridgewater Dept circa 1951, replaced gunwales, and did some other minor fabrication work.
John West built a new deck board and cratch, stands and boxmast, and with advice from Dave Parrott
re-rigged the running gear so that with enough water ballast (in drums) plus a swing bridge base (!)
Swallow would pass under the lowest bridges on the canal system with cratch and top planks in place.
New top cloths for the forward end were purchased from a local supplier.
Dave Parrott also supplied and fitted the cratch ropework and hose,
plus a very fine set of exhaust pipes (one tall, one medium, one ‘titch)
and a new stove pipe – all with the proper brasswork.
John West tidied up the paintwork, and painted the deckboard after the style recommended by Tony Lewery.

The newly fabricated gunwales ready for the cratch
(May 2002)

John West seen leaning on the new gunwales, by the new cratch

After adding more water ballast in drums it was found possible to
remove the swing bridge base at Langley Mill boatyard.

(photo courtesy of Marie Sumpter)

After removing the bridge base Swallow is clothed up again by Andy, Steve and David
(Photo Courtesy of Marie Sumpter)

At some unknown location (possibly Minworth)
Swallow sustained a serious but intermittent leak.
She was docked at short notice at Yardley Gobion on 09/08/02

Most efficiently repaired with doubler
on the port side footings just aft of the engine room.
(The doubler stands out as the black patch against what appears to be a white hull
but in fact its a trick of the flash used to take the photo, the hull is also black.)

By unfortunate mischance Swallow suffered a second major leak
when she sprang a plate on the starboard side just opposite the other leak.
This was caused by hitting a large submerged object
in a bridgehole south of Market Drayton (SUC) on 16/04/03.
Fortunately, and by chance, a crane had been ordered for lifting boats in and out of the water
at Ted’s boatyard, so she was lifted on 17th April and repaired.

Here she is on the bank at Ted’s Boatyard, Market Drayton, after repair, blacking etc.

Amother view of Swallow at Ted's Boatyard

What a Catch!!

While passing through Netherton tunnel on 18/09/05
Swallow picked up a huge mattress, part of which was removed, seen here.
She was then towed the rest of the way to the Black Country Museum by Cepheus
(Photo courtesy of Dr. L Tucker)

However some mattress remained on and could not be removed.
At Brades staircase locks Swallow was ‘drydocked’ in the top chamber
and the rest of the mattress removed by David and Andy.

The floor of the lock chamber can clearly be seen behind the stern of the boat.

Latest crew member Tom,
resplendent in new bib and brace overalls,
splices a new line at Black Country Museum.

2009 Repaint

Swallow at various stages of preparation

with John West bringing the decoration alive again

(photos courtesy of FoS Images)

Above John West asking the question "Why don't you visit my site then"?

Leaking joints on pipework from seacock meant an alteration was called for.

Rare photo of yours truly working

No sooner installed than painted by David

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