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Severn Traveller

A photop of a Severn barge

A photo of the 'Severn Traveller', Bristol. This may be the vessel owned by Harry Head of Lydney who transported mainly stone, up and down the River and Canals in the area.

The top photo may have been taken on the river Wye at Chepstow?.

Alan O. Watkins added: "... Severn Traveller is still about, and still on the river. But she has changed considerably since the days when my grandfather, Jack Rimmer, skippered her out of Gloucester. She is now a pleasure cruise boat, usually operating between Worcester and Stourport-on-Severn - or was when last I saw her some years ago. Severn Traveller was one of a fleet of barges which conveyed oil between Avonmouth and Stourport through thick and thin. She had a crew of three. Unfortunately my grandfather died before I was really old enough to get to know any details about the boat, but I have a recollection (probably wrong) that she was originally built as the Cleprod".

John Howells added: "... The Severn Traveller ended her days beached on the cherry stones at Lydney docks".

Severn Traveller
Built in 1935 Charles Hill & Sons Bristol yard no 232 Official number 163859 Reg Bristol. L 88.25ft, W 18.5ft, D 7.25ft, 91 tons oil engine 120 bhp. Built to order of the SCC&C*. 1957 sold and converted to cruise boat at Worcester. Listed under 'Severn & Canal Carrying Company taken over by Harkers'. (Source: "Dales, on the Severn and Bristol Channel, The Story of John Harker" by P, Glosson and P, Rudd, 2008)
* Presumably Severn & Canal Carrying Company.

She was sold to John Harker in 1948 see this page - near bottom.

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