Transport history

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3 responses to “Transport history

  1. I’m currently working forwards through ‘Narrowboat’ magazine and the Spring 2014 issue features a letter and photo from you on ‘Other Happy Valleys’. The steamer ‘Compton Queen’ that plied the summit level of the Staffs & Worcs Canal looks uncannily like H R de Salis’ “Dragonfly”. Is there a connection?

    • Hi Stephen,
      Apologies for the delay in replying. I don’t know too much about Compton Queen – e.g. when it was built, and where – and it could well be turned out by the same builders of Dragonfly. I think that there were quite a few launches built around this time – they began to appear on the Thames in large numbers. I can only speculate, I’m afraid, but perhaps some further details will emerge. Do let me know if you find anything! Sorry i can’t help much – Joseph

  2. I think you’re right. According to photos in the CRT collection, there are boats of different length called ‘Dragonfly’ to enable H R de Salis’ research when preparing a new ‘Bradshaw’s Guide’ published in 1904. The front page says it was “Compiled, after a Personal Survey of the whole of the Waterways”. The Dragonflies all appear to be built by Davies of Abingdon; hopefully the company records still survive.

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