|EmilyAnne - More about the boat.|
Preamble and History
EmilyAnne was conceptualised and designed by my granddad and her current owner, Tom Mason and built was in 1990 by Watercraft Ltd, a small fabrication firm with a history of making small numbers of narrowboats, based in worcester,
Her rather unusual dutch influenced hull shape was based loosely on a boat watercraft where currently building to a customers own design. The shape was liked, and permission to use and adapted the designs to our own needs was granted.
The hull was then grit blasted inside and out, primed, and painted in
her current colours with the two-part paint.
She had an early Maiden Voyage in May 1992 as the mills where being demolished
to make space for a Morisons supermarket.
And so the kitchen sink was in, and she was ready to move under her own
steam! A short test run to Leigh was undertaken with numourous members
of the Northen Mill Engine Socity was under taken to test her out.
After that she then remained south for a number of years predominatly
based at Saul Junction (Gloucester and Sharpness canal), where she contiunded
to be fitted out, and began exploring the waterways in the area, including
more crusing on the Severn, a trip up the Avon.
fabrication of a lighter wheelhouse roof, and the fitting of the redesigned engine controls
She set off one a manic tour of large amounts of the waterways, up and
down the country etc.
Then when the boat finally left Jannels she relocated to a more northen base, where she has remained since. Wintering first at Market Drayton (Shropshire Union) for two years, Then Hapton for year (Leeds Liverpool), then Tarleton for a year (L&L Ruford Branch), followed by a year a Whixall (Llangollen), and then two years at Anderton (T&M) to bring us upto 2006.
More to come..
EmilyAnne's engine was commissioned and purpose built for the boat by Anthony Bever (Swindon). The engine is a A. A. Leak design two cylinder compound. and is coupled to a inboard surface condenser.
The engine has a stroke of 4inches, with the high pressure cylinder having a bore of 4.5inches, the low pressure being of bore 7.5inches. The valve gear is Stephenson's link reverse gear driven from two pairs of eccentrics on the crankshaft with a piston valve on the high pressure side and a slide valve on the low pressure
The engine also drives three pumps, the circulating pump for the condenser is driven of the low pressure crosshead, with the 'air pump' being driven off the high pressure crosshead, and the three-ram boiler feed pump being belt driven of the end of the crankshaft.
The engine can develop around 20IHP at full power, with a top rotational speed of around 330rpm.
The Boiler was also purpose build for the boat/engine by Langley Engineering, Storrington also in 1991. It is a vertical fire tube boiler of welded steel construction, and an estimated evaporation rate of around 600 lbs/hour. The boiler holds about 28gallons of water, and has a working pressure of 200 PSI, with a 4.1/3 sq ft coal burning grate.
The boiler can also provide the domestic hot water via a standard twin coil calorifier.
The Rest of the boat!
Although about 20ft of the boat is basically taken up by the engine/boiler/coal bunker/tools etc, there is still enough boat left for a largish galley area, with a full size 4ring gas cooker, a decent sized electric fridge, kitchen sink and cupboards, a squirrel stove, stand alone double drop-leaf table, a small book case, with fixed seating that will let down into a double bed.
There is then a separate bathroom, with a 3/4 sized bath with shower over, and a forward bedroom which has a double bed (which will fold up into a single). - and if you really tidy down the tools, there is also the aft cabin, which can be used as a day cabin or a 3rd bedroom.
Last updated 30/12/08