Vessels on the Stroudwater Navigation                  (return)

Some Notes Compiled by Joan Tucker

April 2007

Disney   
Trow. 63 tons. Built at The Bourne, Brimscombe, Stroud in 1794  (Ref. Glos Archives D4292)  Registered Gloucester Jan 16th. 1796 as number 76. (Ref. Glos. Archives TS 194/70) A full description of the vessel is given.
It was one of the trading fleet owned by the Thames & Severn Canal Company and named after the Chairman Rev. Dr. John Disney (1746-1816) Thomas Smith, Clerk to the Proprietors of the Company was registered as the owner.
John Wheeler of Brimscombe was the first master with 5 watermen as crew.
Extent of trading was between Brimscombe / Newport, Mon /Cardiff / Bristol

Galley
Trow or barge. Built at Brimscombe 1802
Owner Heane & Co.    later changed to Stroud Galley Company
Master. John Wintle of a well known Severnside family of mariners (he signed his name)
Ran a service back and forth between Bristol and Wallbridge on average once a week, ‘without shifting the cargo or using a lighter’.Carried ‘goods’ of between about 10cwt to 25 tons. An advert. In Stroud Chronicle of Jan 11th. 1834 states the vessel will leave Bristol for Stroud & Chalford every Sat. & deliver goods at Framilode, Eastington, Ryeford & Dudbridge every Monday. One entry looks like ‘bones’ otherwise the commodities are not specified. Timber would be taken in at the Valley, Chalford for delivery to Bristol.

George
Owner John Sims.  He was also the master, and signed his name.
Traded between Bristol and Wallbridge, mostly carrying goods up to 15 tons.
Aug 10th. 1822 shipped 2 tons of timber at Wallbridge for Bristol
Oct. 11th. Landed 5 tons timber & coal at Wallbridge  (Did he employ his son?)

Hopewell
Owner Samuel Roberts    70 tons burthen
Ref. Gloucester Journal June 18th. 1810.  This vessel advertised for sale, with tow boat materials, etc. ‘Samuel Roberts has assigned his effects to his creditors’.Described as a trow and a strong able vessel fit for the Newport or Bristol trade.
In June 1814 the owner and master was Newbury.

Joe
Owner John Baker of Brimscombe He also owned the William and the John
Master in 1814 Sam Tims
Master in 1822  L Sims, who made his mark
Aug 13th 1822. Landed 10 tons coal from Newport

John
Barge 55 tons  Reg. Gloucester number 41 in 1795 for master and 2 watermen
Owner John Baker of Brimscombe
Master in 1795 George Hartshorne
Master in 1814 S Packer
Extent -  Brimscombe to Stourport

Nancy
Barge 46 tons  Registered Gloucester 1795 Number 5.  With master & 3 bargemen
Owner 1795 Benjamin Grazebrook & Sons
Owner 1814  Heane & Co.
Master 1795 James Probert
Master 1814  Green
Extent – Brimscombe to Gloucester

Neptune
Owner Richard Miller
Master 1814 Collings
Master 1822 John White, who made his mark
Carried up to 50 tons of goods from Bristol to Wallbridge
Nov 9th. 1822 shipped 1 ton iron at Wallbridge for Bristol

Betsy
Owner  Joseph Higgins   
Master  Joseph Higgins, who signed his name
Traded between Stourport and Wallbridge carrying coal
Aug 8th.1822  Crate (of goods) 5cwts landed at Wallbridge
                      Bran 4 cwt shipped at Wallbridge for Stourport
Sept. 21st.       Bran 10 cwt. Shipped at Wallbridge for Stourport

Betsy
Owner  William Hill
Master  Job Blick, who signed his name
Nov. 16th. 1822  Coal 52 tons, 10cwt landed at Wallbridge from Stourport. This entry in the Wallbridge Port Book was annotated (by the Committee) being omitted by Adams the clerk, & is squashed into the list.
Dec 30th. 1822  Master  Job Blick  Coal 52 tons landed at Wallbridge from Newport

Betsy
Owner  Joseph Miller
Master  Joseph Miller, who signed his name
Sept. 12th. Timber 2 tons shipped at Wallbridge for Stourport

Betsy
Owner  James Lloyd
Master  James Lloyd, who signed his name
Nov. 30th. 1822 Coal 11 tons landed at Wallbridge from Shropshire

Defiance
Owner  Thomas Butt
Master  Thomas Butt, who made his mark
Traded between Lydney & Wallbridge carrying coal, landing usually up to 10 tons there, so perhaps dropped off other amounts at other wharves on the way.
Nov 22nd. 1822  Iron 4cwt landed at Wallbridge from Lydney
This is probably the Thomas Butt whose family continued in trade as carriers at Upper Wharf Stroud until the 1930’s. Then became builders’merchants at the same address until c.2005

George
Owner  John Sims
Master  John Sims, who signed his name
Traded between Bristol & Wallbridge carrying goods (not specified) about once a fortnight.
Aug 10th. 1822  Goods 6 tons 4cwt landed at Wallbridge from Bristol
                          Shipped 2 tons timber at Wallbridge for Bristol

George
Owner  Edward Yates, who signed instead of the Master
Master  James Blick
Traded between Wallbridge and Lydney, carrying coal to Wallbridge, and beer back to Lydney fortnightly
July 2nd. 1822  Coal 44 tons and 8 tons stone landed at Wallbridge – inserted in the ledger is a pencil note stating that it was certified for only 4 tons of stone.
Nov 5th. 1822  Coal 49 tons landed at Wallbridge form Lydney
                       Beer 1 ton 4cwt shipped at Wallbridge for Lydney

Good Design
Owner Robert Tovey
Master  John Addis, who signed his name
Traded monthly between Droitwich and Wallbridge, carrying salt.
Oct. 17th. 1822. Salt 10cwt landed at Wallbridge from Droitwich
        Goods 1 ton 12cwt shipped at Wallbridge for Gloucester.

Patty
Owner  G Warren
Master  G  Warren, who made his mark
Traded between Lydney and Wallbridge carrying coal monthly, up to 45 tons.
June 4th 1822  Coal 3 tons landed at Wallbridge from Newnham

Roseanna
Owner  George Doughty
Master  George Doughty, who signed his name
Traded between Shropshire and Wallbridge, carrying coal

Speedwell
Owner  William Pugh
Master  William Pugh, who signed his name
Traded between Bristol and Wallbridge with road stone, from Lydney with stone, & Newport with coal
July 31st. 1822  Master Francis Pugh. Poles 2 tons landed at Wallbridge from Lydney
1821 census. Pugh, barge owner registered at Lower Lypiatt, Stroud. Household consisted of 4 males 1 female.

William
Owner John Baker
Master James Grimes, who signed his name
Traded between Wallbridge & Gloucester, carrying sand
Baker also owned the Joe
1821 census. John Baker listed as boat builder of Lower Lypiatt, Stroud


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