Thomas Clayton Ltd., Canal Boat on the Netherton Tunnel Branch Canal, Tividale
- Reference Number: p/2064
- Date: 1956
- Level: Item
- History Note: The canal carrying company Thomas Clayton (Oldbury) Ltd., was formed as the result of a merger in 1889, between canal carriers Fellows, Morton & Company, and William Clayton of Saltley, Birmingham - one of the largest canal operators on the Birmingham Canal Navigations (BCN). Clayton's had docks at a wharf off Stone Street on the BCN Old Line canal. Their fleet of boats, often referred to as 'gas' or 'tar' boats and decorated with the company markings of distinct cabbage-like roses (often known as 'Clayton Cabbages'), carried a variety of bulk liquids from the local gasworks to distillation and chemical companies, to make such products as fertiliser and tar. All the boats were named after rivers alphabetically, according to the year they were built. They were also nicknamed 'oil boats' due to the fact that they won their largest contract to carry oil for Shell Max and BP from Ellesmere Port to Oldbury. The company ceased in 1966 when a new motorway was built through their Oldbury dock.
- History Note: The Netherton Tunnel Branch Canal, connects the Dudley Canal No.2 Line, with Telford's New Mainline of the Birmingham Canal Navigation, via the 3,027 yards long Netherton Tunnel. The Netherton Tunnel Branch Canal passes underneath Brindley's Old Mainline, near to the northern portal of the Netherton Tunnel, at Tividale.
- Description: The last pair of boats to carry fuel oil from Stanlow to Oldbury. It can be clearly seen that the boat in the foreground was made by Oldbury based company Thomas Clayton Ltd. (Courtesy of the T. W. King collection held at Dudley Archives & Local History Service).
- Copyright: Mrs. R. Collins
- Access Status: Open
- Contact: Dudley Archives,
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