FMC – A History of Fellows, Morton & Clayton Ltd


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FMC – A History of Fellows, Morton & Clayton Ltd

Before the nationalisation of waterways in 1948, Fellows, Morton and Clayton was one of the biggest canal carriers known for their unique style of boats. They were early investors in iron boats, including steamers, horseboats, and motorboats.

They built many boats in their own dockyard in Birmingham and contracted with other shipyards and boatbuilders. Their style of boat had a recognisable shape, with a slim and graceful design that had a fine entry through the water at the bows. The company had a strong balance between utility and beauty which became their trademark. The iron ‘Joshers’, affectionately named after the firm’s founder Joshua Fellows, were well-built and respected. Many still exist today, with some over 80 years old and a few reaching their century. FMC also had hundreds of wooden boats over the years, but only some survived in reasonable condition due to the expectation that they would wear out before the ordinary rot of old age would set in. Maintaining and restoring these wooden boats now requires a different approach than when they were originally built.

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Alan H Faulkner



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