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Wheldale

Wheldale    Compartment Boat Tug

Length 48ft"(14.63m) Beam 14ft.6" (4.42m) Draught 6ft.9”

Construction Date- 1959/60

These sturdy vessels were built to manoeuvre the coal filled compartment boats, known as tom puddings, from the West Yorkshire coal fields to Goole. Here five boat hoists would raise the coal compartments out of the water to a level where they could be tipped into waiting ships for transport around Britain and export to European destinations. 

Designed to tow up to 18 tom puddings and equipped a cabin below decks with a stove, storage and berths to accommodate four crew members. There were seven in total, designed by E.C. Jones and Sons and built in three yards to ensure swift delivery. Power was supplied by Lister Blackstone EV3MGR 3 cylinder diesel engines, delivering 135 bhp. All of them where named after West Yorkshire mines

Wheldale now has a group of active volunteers who have restored the boat to its original condition and colours, with adaptations for carrying passengers safely. Demonstration trips run regularly throughout the year @ £5.00/£3:00 per Adult/Child under 12. Please contact the Museum for further details

NameConstructorRe-Named
WheldaleE.C Jones and Sons of Brentford-
AllertonbywaterE.C Jones and Sons of BrentfordStrongbow
WaterhaighE.C Jones and Sons of BrentfordJunior D
West RidingRichard Dunstons of ThorneViking
BrodsworthRichard Dunstons of Thorne-
KellingleyRichard Dunstons of Thorne-
HatfieldCamplings of Goole-

 

A Humber Keel dating from the early part of the 20th Century. Sobriety was built in 1910 at Beverley in the East Riding of Yorkshire.
These sturdy vessels were built to manoeuvre the coal filled compartment boats, known as tom puddings, from the West Yorkshire coal fields to Goole.
Waterstart is a modern broad-beamed boat which is used to deliver quality volunteering opportunities for people of all ages.
Waterstart can be hired for skippered day trips.
A converted lifeboat, Telethon Louise provides the Waterways Museum's tour of Goole Docks, including No.5 Boat Hoist.
Built in 1957 SERVICE is Sheffield size (61’x15’6”) and carried cargos for
Ernest V. Waddington Ltd of Swinton, South Yorkshire
Half day and evening trips last up to 4 hours.
Full days are up to 7 hours, daylight permitting.