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Duker Barge Parcastle and unidentified barge at Manchester Docks 1968
Cunard Line Official Postcard Serial Number B1169  souvenir of onboard visitThumbnailsYarmouth Isle of WightCunard Line Official Postcard Serial Number B1169  souvenir of onboard visitThumbnailsYarmouth Isle of Wight
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  • yvonne seddon - Sunday 13 July 2014 22:35Reply
    my father William nicholls worked the parcastle barge in the 1960s on the bridgewater canal are there any info and documentation that I can get from anyone.
    Yvonne seddon (nicholls)
    thank you
  • alan - Monday 14 July 2014 15:42Reply
    @ yvonne seddon : Yvonne,This site may be of help, www.heritageboatassociation.iecms there is a page regarding Dukers History.
  • Merv Rowlinson - Tuesday 28 July 2015 21:58Reply

    Your Dad would have been busy in the grain trade to Manchester from Liverpool, Birkenhead and Ellesmere Port. This is in addition to dock work in Manchester.

    From my memory the crews of the Bridgewater Department barges (Dept of MSC) were fine seamen. They needed to be as the Mersey can get quite choppy for a loaded barge. Then the long haul to Manchester via the MSC. I don't recall Parcastle and her sister on the Bridgewater Canal at Runcorn, but would access via Hulme Lock in Salford in order to reach Kelloggs (as in corn flakes)at Trafford Park. The Parcastle would have towed a dumb barge.

    The Bridgewater fleet was always well painted and ship-shape.

    A tough life no doubt but one full of character. The barges always looked "picture book" at night showing their bright lights and lanterns - paraffin lit of course

    Hope this helps, Merv Rowlinson reply=2677]yvonne seddon[/reply]
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