FCB 78

FCB 78

The remains

FCB 78
LPB Identification No. 4 DRM Identification No. 22 AJP Identification No. 3
Source (LPB)(JC)(JPr)(DF)(DW)(DJW)
Name P.o.R Description Dates
FCB 78 N/A ferro concrete barge 1941-c.1964
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. Winter 1964
Beached by Capt Oliver Powell, 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 78 of Bristol (lt) arrived with Linseed from Avonmouth 19th July 1946
Glos Port Records
Doug Munday recalls working as helmsman on concretesJohn Perkins diary entry 17th June 1964 FCB No. 78 from Gloucester to Sharpness
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 Wheeler noted that FCB 78 was located during his June 1965

First Owners Fred A. Ashmeads & Sons Ltd, Bristol

George Thomas Beard, Gloucester

Ben Cooke Ltd

British Transport Commission (1962)

British Waterways Board (1963)