FCB 68

FCB 68

The remains

FCB 68

Plaque at Purton

Name P.o.R Description Dates
FCB 68 7 ferro concrete barge 1941-c.1962
Official No. N/A Code N/A
Builders Wates Building Group Ltd – Barrow in Furness
Dimensions Length 84 ft Breath 22.6 ft Depths 8.1 ft

Tonnage – (1941) Gross 332 ton loaded Net not recorded

Engines By H.P. None
Beached date C. Spring 1962
Beached by Capt Oliver Powell or Frank Savage, Jimmy Common, Bob Green, Dick Woodward

Purtons FCB’ have no reference in any Mercantile Navy List
Concrete barge reg: to F. A. Ashmeads & Sons Ltd. Beard Avonmouth
Len Williams does not recall the concretes ever being at Bristol or Avonmouth, however he states that he came back to work at Avonmouth Docks in 1946 following active war service and thus believes that they may have already been transferred to Sharpness.
Glos Port arrivals notes FB 68 of Bristol (lt) arrived empty from Avonmouth 18th July 1946
Glos Port Records
various concrete lighters were positioned across the gates of the old arm and adjoining basin for some time prior to beaching.
John Perkins diary entry 16th September 1960 FCB No. 68 from Sharpness to Gloucester
John Perkins diary
David Wheeler noted possibly there in August 1964 with a physical description and named in 1965. Dick Woodward identified this vessel by name and stated she was there and can be supported as one concrete has the figure 8 still being present.

First Owners Fred A. Ashmeads & Sons Ltd, Bristol

George Thomas Beard, Gloucester

Ben Cooke Ltd

British Transport Commission (1962)

British Waterways Board (1963)

Phase one reports