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Coal and Diesel Boats on the Canal System

Coal and Diesel Boats on the Canal System

Original information kindly supplied by George Boyle. Added to and updated from time to time with information supplied by traders and customers. Now mobile-phone-friendly!

Last updated May 2021.

If you think anything is incorrect or out of date, please send a message to help to put it right!

Many of the boats listed range further than the stated area, especially in summer.

(Boats shown in alphabetical order.) (Delivery by road at bottom of page.)

List of boats:

Alton     Ambush     Anne     Aquilon     Archimedes and Ara     Ariel and Mercia     Ascot and Beverley     Ash     Auriga     Bellatrix     Ben     Bargus     Baron     Bletchley     Callisto     Clover     Coalboat     Dusty     Eclipse and Echoes     Emu     Fenny     Gosty Hill     Greyhound     Grimsby and Whitby     Hadar     Halsall     Heart of Gold     Hyperion     Indus and Pictor     Jackal     Jubilee     Jules Fuels     Luctor     Merchant     Mountbatten     Newdigate     Nuneaton and Brighton     Ozzie     Roach     Southern Cross     St. Austell     Stokie No.1     Tadworth     Taurus     The Coalboat     Tipton     Towcester     Triumph     Victoria    

Name of boat

Proprietor(s)

Coal, diesel, etc. on sale

 

Area of operation

 

Alton

Brian & Ann Marie McGuigan
(07791 345004)
[website] [Facebook] [Twitter]

Diesel and solid fuel
also ropes, fenders, pumpout

Upper Peak Forest Canal, summit level of Macclesfield Canal, occasionally to Trent & Mersey North and River Weaver. (For T&M North, Weaver, Middlewich, SU, Chester, also see Halsall.)
Fortnightly deliveries by road to Lower Peak Forest, Ashton and Manchester, including New Islington & Droylsden Marinas.

Ambush wide beam barge

Derek Bent
(07837 428 588)
[Facebook]

Coal, gas, diesel, engine oil and other boating sundries

Leeds and Liverpool (Wigan to Burscough and Haskayne)
based at Crooke (Bridge 47)
also delivers by road

Anne

Stuart Hooper

Solid fuel

Upper Peak Forest Canal and summit level of Macclesfield Canal

Aquilon

Victoria and Spencer Collins
(07790 017418)
[website]

Coal, Diesel, Gas and Chandlery (card payments accepted)

Kennet and Avon Canal between Saltford (River Avon) and Wotton Rivers

Archimedes and Ara

James Bill - Reported to be not trading at present.

Southern Grand Union Canal and London

Southern Grand Union Canal and London

Ariel and Mercia

Liam Hewlett
Trading as Midlands & Coast Canal Carriers
(07748 958303)


[website] [Facebook]

Diesel and solid fuel, Calor Gas, Kindling and Logs, pre-ordered ropes and fenders, Elsan Blue

Bridgewater Canal

Ascot and Beverley

Gary Slater
(07881 542953)

Diesel, Calor Gas, Coal, Toilet Blue and Green

Grand Union Canal - regular runs from Cosgrove through Milton Keynes into Leighton Buzzard

Ash

Noah Wakeham
07778 828565

Information, anyone?

Southern Grand Union Canal

Auriga

Rick Cooper (Gravenor Boating Company)
(07962 013199) [Facebook]

Diesel, gas, coal and smokeless fuel

Coventry, North Oxford, Ashby, Trent & Mersey Canals

Bellatrix

See Ariel.

 

Ben

Rupert Smedley
(07973 538690, 01538 385388)

Diesel and solid fuel

Caldon Canal, based at Hazelhurst (monthly runs during Winter)
No longer trading - see Halsall

Bargus

Jason
trading as Four Counties Fuel Ltd.
(07486 872158)
[website] [Facebook]

Diesel, gas, coal, solid fuel, wood, pump outs, oils and greases

Shropshire Union (Ellesmere Port to Autherley), Staffs and Worcs (Autherley to Gt Heywood), Trent and Mersey (Gt Heywood to Middlewich), Middlewich Branch

Baron

Dominic
(07534 674128)

Diesel, gas, solid fuel, Blue, pumpout

London area - Watford to Brentford to River Lea (any more info?)

Bletchley and Bideford

Nick and Mary (07518 929472)
Trading as part of Jules' Fuels partnership

Diesel, solid fuel, calor gas, logs, kindling, firelighters, blue and grease.

Grand Union (Central): Cowroast to Stoke Bruerne.

Callisto

Mark or Steve
(07702 031718)

Diesel, gas, coal, Blue

Based at Stockton, covering Grand Union North, Warwick to Braunston and Grand Union Leicester Line

Clover

Michael Pinnock
07725 754570
(based at South Island Marina, Ponders End)

Coal, gas, Eco logs, etc.

Limehouse and Mile End, Victoria Park, Broadway Market, Regents Canal and Lower Lee.

See list of boats

Name of boat

Proprietor(s)

Coal, diesel, etc. on sale

 

Area of operation

 

Dusty

Kati & Jock McLaren
(07986 189 074)

Coal, wood, diesel and gas

Oxford Canal (fortnightly calls, including Oxford)

Eclipse and Echoes

Chamberlain Carrying Co
(07754 003834) [website] [Facebook]

No longer trading - business transferred to Mountbatten and Jellicoe

Trent & Mersey Canal (Winter route: Sawley to Alrewas
No longer trading

Emu

Ben Partridge
(07401 843984)

Diesel, 8 different types of smokeless coal, hardwood logs, kindling, briquettes, full range of Elsan products

Weekly deliveries on River Lea from Hertford to Hackney Wick (on former Fellows Morton and Clayton 'Emu')

Fenny

Chris Johnson

No longer trading.

No longer trading.

Gosty Hill

Not currently trading

Diesel and solid fuel

Oxford, Coventry and Ashby

Greyhound

Not currently trading

Solid fuel

Coventry Canal

Grimsby and Whitby

Viv
(07976 686130)

Coal and Gas also other items such as second-hand books

Now based at Sheet Stores at the bottom of the Erewash near Trent Lock.

Hadar

Keith and Jo Lodge
[website] [Facebook] [Twitter]

Kindling, fire lighters, toilet blue/green, canal gifts (no longer selling coal)

Moving around the system during summer months. See website or Facebook for current location.

Halsall

Brian & Ann Marie McGuigan & Martin Catterall
trading as Four Counties Fuel Ltd.
(07491 149149)
[website] [Facebook] [Twitter]

Diesel, coal, solid fuels, logs, kindling, Calor Gas, pumpout, ropes, fenders, oils, greases, fuel additives and basic chandelry items

Monthly deliveries around the Four Counties Ring, plus Shrophshire Union to Chester and Ellesmere Port, plus River Weaver.
Also fortnightly deliveries T&M Preston Brook to Wheelock, Middlewich Branch & SU to Bunbury, Nantwich & bottom of Audlem.
Also occasional runs on Caldon Canal and monthly deliveries by road to Caldon Canal.

Heart of Gold

Matt Hilsdon (07936 333065)
trading as Red Sprocket Services

[Twitter]

Wood, kindling,

Kennet and Avon Canal between Devizes and Hanham Lock

Hyperion

M and P Canal Carrying Co. (07415 298 381)
[Facebook]

No longer trading

Southern Grand Union south of Marsworth (Bulbourne to Cowley) See Towcester.

Indus and Pictor

Coal Diesel and Gas Delivery Service
Mike
(07380 399 996)
[Facebook]

Coal, red diesel, gas, blue, oil and batteries to order.

London areas of Grand Union Canal: Regents, Paddington Arm, Uxbridge to Brentford, plus Lee and Stort.

Jackal

Chris and Jan Deuchar

Solid fuel

Trent Lock, Long Eaton

Jubilee

Mike Partridge (07966 503609)

No longer trading

No longer trading - see Towcester

Luctor

Henk Meerdink (07919 487198)
trading as Luctor Canal Boat Services

[Twitter]

See Heart of Gold and The Coalboat

Kennet and Avon Canal between Devizes and Hanham Lock
Reported to be no longer trading.

Merchant

Chris Iddon
(07921694287 or 07902 851914)
[Website]

Coal, peat and diesel

Middle and Upper Thames

Mountbatten and Jellicoe

Richard Chamberlain (07754 003834)

[Website] [Facebook]

Coal, diesel, gas, etc.

Llangollen Canal, Montgomery Canal, Shropshire Union from Barbridge to Autherley, Staffs and Worcs from Autherley to Awbridge.

Newdigate

John and Madeline Forth

No longer trading.

No longer trading.

See list of boats

Name of boat

Proprietor(s)

Coal, diesel, etc. on sale

 

Area of operation

 

Nuneaton and Brighton

Narrowboat Trust
(contact: 07951 026530)

Bags of coal (pre-ordered, but usually some spare available)

River Thames, Kennet and Avon as far as Kintbury, River Wey, Oxford Canal and G.U. South

Ozzie

Paul Diprose (07503 583523)
[Facebook]

Diesel, Coal, Gas, Logs, Kindling, Loo Blue / Green and Fire Lighters

Kennet and Avon
between Reading and Wooton Rivers

Roach

Rich (07778 403657)

[Website] [Facebook]

Coal, logs, kindling, firelighters, Elsan blue and pink, stern grease, mooring chains and pins

Worcester & Birmingham and Stratford canals

Southern Cross

Ryan Dimmock
07500 484906
Trading as part of Jules' Fuels partnership

Solid fuel, diesel, calor gas, logs, kindling, firelighters, blue and grease

Grand Union between Stoke Bruerne and Stockton; North Oxford to Barby.

St. Austell

Brian and Ann Marie McGuigan
(07791 345004)

Solid fuel
also ropes, fenders

Fools Nook, Macclesfield Canal,

Stokie No.1

Simon Bamford
07896 585036

Coal, gas, kindling

Fazeley (Coventry Canal) to Great Haywood (Trent & Mersey)
Occasionally continuing to Stone.

Tadworth and Bordesley

Andrew (07596 420220)
[Website] [Facebook]
Trading as part of Jules' Fuels partnership

Solid fuel, diesel, calor gas, logs, kindling, firelighters, blue and grease.

Grand Union (South): Cowley to Bulbourne.

Taurus

Pete Wakeham
07774 166497
[Facebook]

Carries most supplies. Anyone any more information?

Paddington Arm, Bulls Bridge to Little Venice

The Coalboat

Reported to be no longer trading.
The Canal Carrying Company; Will Windsor
(07834 703 713)

Diesel, gas, coal, wood, etc.

Based at Bradford on Avon, covering Kennet and Avon between Bath and the bottom of the Caen Hill flight (started operating January 2012)

Tipton

Reported to be no longer trading.
Andy (07779 185375)

Diesel and coal

Kennet and Avon Canal (Great Bedwyn to Bath)

Towcester

Julia and Richard
Existing customers please contact Nick and Mary on 07518 929472.
[Website] [Facebook]
Trading as part of Jules' Fuels partnership

Solid fuel, diesel, calor gas, logs, kindling, firelighters, blue and grease.

Operating occasionally as support boat for Bletchley, Southern Cross and Tadworth on Grand Union.

Triumph

Adam

Mainly dropping Coal but can deliver Kiln dried logs, Gas, Kindling and Fire Lighters on request.
(Supplied by Charlton Whitehouse Fuels)

Staffs and Worcs Canal; Worcester and Birmingham Canal.

Victoria

Michael Askin (07414 707110)
Not actively trading at present

Diesel, Gas, Coal & smokeless fuels.

Moving around the system. Diesel & gas sold ad hoc.

See list of boats

Delivery to boats by road

APS Refuelling

Andy Bradwell
(mobile: 07803758362  yard: 01724 712957)

Diesel and solid fuel
also logs and other solid fuel

Stainforth & Keadby, Goole, Chesterfield Canal, Fossdyke, Selby Canal, Aire & Calder, Sheffield & South Yorks.

Alton

Brian & Ann Marie McGuigan
(07791 345004)
[website] [Facebook] [Twitter]

Diesel and solid fuel
also ropes, fenders, pumpout

Fortnightly deliveries by road to Lower Peak Forest Canal, Ashton Canal and Manchester, including New Islington & Droylsden Marinas.

Roach

John and Jenny Jackson (07885 284812)

Solid fuel
(may be ordered through their website coalboat.co.uk)

Deliveries by road throughout the Midlands, Cheshire, Shropshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire

Useful links

Inland Waterways Diesel & Pumpout Price Survey
Potentially useful listing but please note that some of the prices listed are seriously out of date.

Police Numbers
The Keens family's list of non-emergency police contact numbers for each area

Pump-outs
The Keens family's list of pump-out locations

Canal Plan
Nick Atty's online canal route planner and gazeteer

Technical Help
Tony Brooks's information and frequently-asked questions about mechanical or technical matters concerning boats

Boat Registrations
Jim Shead's list of most boats registered on inland waterways

List of boats:

Alton     Ambush     Anne     Aquilon     Archimedes and Ara     Ariel and Mercia     Ascot and Beverley     Ash     Auriga     Bellatrix     Ben     Bargus     Baron     Bletchley     Callisto     Clover     Coalboat     Dusty     Eclipse and Echoes     Emu     Fenny     Gosty Hill     Greyhound     Grimsby and Whitby     Hadar     Halsall     Heart of Gold     Hyperion     Indus and Pictor     Jackal     Jubilee     Jules Fuels     Luctor     Merchant     Mountbatten     Newdigate     Nuneaton and Brighton     Ozzie     Roach     Southern Cross     St. Austell     Stokie No.1     Tadworth     Taurus     The Coalboat     Tipton     Towcester     Triumph     Victoria    

Thanks to George Boyle, Simon Robinson, Brian Holt, Paul Myerson, Liam Hewlett, Mike Askin, Brian McGuigan, Graham Keens and many others.
Please send a message for any corrections, omissions or additional information.