Canal Jargon "A-M"
ADMIRALTY CLASS BOATS
Some of the last boats built for the British Waterways commercial carrying fleet, 1959 to 1960. Built either by W.J.Yarwood, or Isaac Pimblott of Northwich, all boats were welded and named after Admirals of the Fleet.
Positioned on the top stern plank of a butty, below the hatches, or on the stern gunnel of a motorboat, and used for connecting ropes to control or tie up the boat.
The cabin at the stern of the boat, usually around 8'6" in length.
The space immediately in front of the back cabin of a butty or the front bulkhead of the engine room on a motor boat.
BACK END RAIL
The iron bar with sliding ring fixed to the front bulkhead of an engine room.
The three beams that span the hold and support the mast and two stands.
Made of iron and bolted under the gunnel to support the beams.
Positioned on a lock side, at the tail of a lock, for a towing line when starting a horseboat out of the lock, giving give a 2:1 reduction, the line running through a pulley on the mast. The towing line drops off the hook as the boat passes it.
All steel welded boats built either by the Thames Launch Works Ltd of Teddington, or E.C.Jones of Brentford. Built between 1957 and 1961, they were all named after 3 letter rivers. The usual boatman's name for these; Dustbin boats! Also used to describe the blue interlocking fibreglass hold covers which were introduced to speed up the task of covering the hold to keep out the weather.
Used for tying up a boat on a mooring.
The area below the foredeck used for storing ropes etc.
Front fender hanging from the T stud. It should lift off easily, and be held with lines that can break if it gets caught on part of a lock, typically under a gate beam.
A boat built by Braithwaite and Kirk of West Bromwich; typically some FMC butty boats.
A water can specifically purchased from the lockside shop at Buckby Top Lock.
A design of cratch board that overhangs the foredeck, made from timber and canvas.
A vertical partition that divides the boat into sections.
Either built as a boat to be towed, or as a horseboat subsequently towed; no engine fitted.
Sits on the front of a back cabin, and supports the top plank. Usually with castles painted both sides.
The timbers at the edge of the counter and foredeck; used as a safety edge and about 2" high.
Usually adjacent to locks; used to check or control the movement of a boat.
The bottom 10 to 12 inches of a boat side, that is slightly angled in toward the boat centre.
The angle iron that connects the chine to the boat bottom.
A narrowboat with iron or steel sides to the hull, and a wooden hull bottom.
The rear deck on a motor boat.
A large timber that forms the curved shape of the counter on a wooden boat.
The whole wooden structure at the front of the boat, designed to keep water out when the boat is both deeply loaded, and when ascending locks.
The wooden board that forms the front of the cratch and sits on the deck beam.
Two lines (typically around 5 ft in length) used to connect an empty butty fore end 'T' stud to the towing motorboat. They pass over the top bends and cross in front of the stem post to fasten to the opposite dollies.
Band of brass across the top of an exhaust pipe to break up the blast from the engine and thus avoid dislodging soot and other debris from the roof of tunnels.
A wooden beam across the width of the boat at the rear of the foredeck.
See Cratch Board.
The lid on the foredeck to gain access to the bow locker.
Studs (2) mounted on the stern of a motorboat used for tying up and for towing.
The triangular structure at the rear of the cratch which supports the planks which in their turn support the canvasses and strings.
The horizontal timbers at the top of the blade section of a butty rudder.
The front deck of a boat usually with a lid for access to the bow locker.
A small cabin built into the bow locker, usually used by children.
Boats owned by Thomas Clayton (Oldbury) Ltd used to transport liquid fuels, typically gas tar.
Wooden timbers 5" x 2" that form the top of the boat sides to which the side cloths are attached.
The standing area on a horseboat or butty, to the rear of the back cabin, or forward of the counter on a motorboat.
The cargo space on a narrowboat between the foredeck and back end.
To decrease the boat's speed, even to the point of engaging reverse.
Steer closer to the towpath.
Steer further to the offside.
An open day boat used mainly on the BCN canal network.
Boat built for use by Fellows Morton & Clayton Ltd.
Continuous timber running the length of the boat on the centre line to join the bottom planks together.
Made of iron or wood and joining the side planks together and to the boat bottom.
The pin used for towing at the top of the middle mast which will hinge backwards to release a line if the boat overruns the horse.
The box mast used for towing a boat and set behind the first deck beam.
The wooden beam across the hold that takes the pulling force on the mast.
A wooden box used to house the middle mast; firmly made in wood with steel straps.
A sliding section that pulls out of the mast box to increase the height of the looby.
A turk's head on the end of a line to assist with throwing it under a bridge.
Used for tying up a boat at a mooring.
Resting on the can on the back cabin roof (positioned to glide the tow line of a horseboat to a convenient position to lift over the chimney), painted and with a head made from the remnants of old jackets.
Boat designed and built to have an internal engine.
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