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France

August 1904 - Built as a horse boat, fleet No 46. Gauged BCN No 19442 on 21/09/1904.

May 1937 - Converted to motor by Yarwoods, fleet No 338.

1/1/1949 - purchased by D&IWE, became part of NW Division fleet.

6/1952 sold to Thomas Clayton (Oldbury) Ltd and converted to oil boat, renamed Adder Fleet No 53

Sold to Jones & Powell, Wolverhampton, did not carry a name.

Later sold to Leonard Leigh, Birmingham - see 1964 photo below at Anglesey Basin, Birmingham Canal Navigations.

No further information until 1974, by which date the boat had been sold into private ownership and converted to a pleasure boat. Reverted to its original name of France at some point.

2010/11 - extensively restored to cargo carrying condition and painted in Leonard Leigh livery.