FCB 76

FCB 76

The remains

FCB 76

Plaque at Purton

FCB 76
LPB Identification No. 4 DRM Identification No. 22 AJP Identification No. 3
Source (LPB)(JC)(JPr)(NA)(DF)(DW)(DJW)
Name P.o.R Description Dates
FCB 76 N/A 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, Charlie Langford, 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.
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 76 of Bristol (lt) arrived empty from Avonmouth 18th July 1946Glos Port Records
Doug Munday recalls working as helmsman on concretesJohn Perkins diary entry 23rd January 1961 FCB No. 76 from Sharpness to Gloucester
John Perkins diary
Various concrete lighters were positioned across the gates of the old arm and adjoining basin for some time prior to beaching
David MacGregor identified as FCB 76 in 1960s
David Wheeler noted that FCB 76 was located during his June 1965
Mr Andrews photo 26th February 1967 shows FCB 76 located at Purton

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 report