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 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.
This photograph, taken at the same docking, shows the hull having been blacked and new anti-cavitation boards fitted under the counter.
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 was used as the official boat at the reopening of the Stourbridge 16 locks in 1967.