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Swallow moors up


12 October 2010

The Narrow boat Swallow, has now arrived and is moored up at BCLM, opposite the rolling mill. The owner will open the boat up for viewing on Bonfire Night. 

SWALLOW was built in 1934 by W.J. Yarwood & Sons of Northwich for W.H. Cowburn & Cowpar. She is a narrowboat of steel construction and carried general cargoes, mainly between Manchester and the Midlands. SWALLOW carried cargoes of mainly carboys of acid, drums of acetone, oils, plus bagged lime and salt, between Trafford Park, Manchester and Courtaulds’ factories in Dunstall Park, Wolverhampton, and the Foleshill Road and Little Heath plants at Coventry. Between 15 January 1934 and 2 May 1939, SWALLOW made 131 trips to Coventry (122 miles and 72 locks) and 24 to Wolverhampton (92 miles and 38 locks, each way). The round trip usually lasted around 8 days, but sometimes only an incredible 6 days, although it could last up to 14.

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