Wooden BCN Tug Progress

Built in 1936 by Peter Keay and Son, Walsall

Brief History

Built for W Elwell and Sons and was also operated in later years by Leonard Leigh and Jimmy Yates. Progress was converted to a hire boat by Jimmy Yates in 1958 and renamed Pintail. The present Fowler 2DYM diesel engine (1944) was first installed in Progress in 1958.

Progress was fully restored between 1997 and 2000 by Jem Bates and myself. The cabin has been reconstructed and fitted out in reclaimed oak retaining some of the original frames. The 2 (+2 children) cabin has heating from Classic stove and diesel Refleks heater, hot water and shower from engine/Refleks/240 volt immersion.

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