| Vessels on the Stroudwater Navigation
Some Notes Compiled by Joan
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
Extent of trading was between Brimscombe / Newport, Mon /Cardiff
Trow or barge. Built at Brimscombe 1802
Owner Heane & Co. later changed to Stroud
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.
Owner John Sims. He was also the master, and signed
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?)
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
In June 1814 the owner and master was Newbury.
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
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
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
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
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
4 cwt shipped at Wallbridge for Stourport
Sept. 21st. Bran 10 cwt.
Shipped at Wallbridge for Stourport
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
Owner Joseph Miller
Master Joseph Miller, who signed his name
Sept. 12th. Timber 2 tons shipped at Wallbridge for Stourport
Owner James Lloyd
Master James Lloyd, who signed his name
Nov. 30th. 1822 Coal 11 tons landed at Wallbridge from Shropshire
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 1930s. Then
became buildersmerchants at the same address until c.2005
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
2 tons timber at Wallbridge for Bristol
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
1 ton 4cwt shipped at Wallbridge for Lydney
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.
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
Owner George Doughty
Master George Doughty, who signed his name
Traded between Shropshire and Wallbridge, carrying coal
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.
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