1960 – 1968

By 1960, Beatty had reached the end of her commercial career with Barlows and was bought by Jack Craddock of Wolverhampton for conversion to a pleasure boat.

Before conversion work began, Mr Craddock decided to carry one last load of coal – 19 tons from Pelsall. Unfortunately, Beatty hit a BCN toll island in the dark, putting a dent in the bows which can still be seen today!

Beatty at Worseys
Photograph courtesy of Malcolm Braine

Beatty on Worsey’s Dock at Walsall (later taken over by Ken Keay) for repairs to the elm bottom and replacement of the oak gunwales, 1960.

Beatty on slip at Keays
Photograph courtesy of Max Sinclair

This photograph, taken at the same docking, shows the hull having been blacked and new anti-cavitation boards fitted under the counter.

A timber cabin was constructed by Waltons over the cargo hold and Jack Craddock then fitted out Beatty at Brewood on the Shropshire Union Canal. The layout consisted of two sleeping cabins, toilet compartment, side hatches, galley and main saloon, opening onto a large well deck.
Beatty 1963
Photograph courtesy of Harry Arnold / waterwayimages.com

Beatty seen on the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal, 25 August 1963. The conversion has been completed but the back cabin and engine room are still in Barlows livery.

Jack cruised extensively with his family as an active member of the Wolverhampton Boat Club. Below are some of the photographs he took during the mid 1960s.

The below photographs provided courtesy of Malcolm Braine.

Beatty above Aynho Weir Lock, Oxford Canal.
Beatty above Aynho Weir Lock, Oxford Canal.

Beatty moored outside the Rose & Castle (now the Mill House Inn), Braunston.
Beatty moored outside the Rose & Castle (now the Mill House Inn), Braunston.
Beatty moored at Evesham, River Avon.
Beatty moored at Evesham, River Avon.
Beatty at Fradley Junction, Trent & Mersey Canal.
Beatty at Fradley Junction, Trent & Mersey Canal.
Beatty at Market Drayton, Shropshire Union Canal.
Beatty at Market Drayton, Shropshire Union Canal.

Beatty at Norbury, Shropshire Union Canal.
Beatty at Norbury, Shropshire Union Canal.
Photograph: Graham Palmer / waterwayimages.com
Photograph: Graham Palmer / waterwayimages.com
Photograph: Graham Palmer / waterwayimages.com
Photograph: Graham Palmer / waterwayimages.com

Beatty was used as the official boat at the reopening of the Stourbridge 16 locks in 1967.

In 1968, Jack decided to sell Beatty and she was bought by Martin and Jennifer Grundy.