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Carriers & Fleets

Examples of the T. & S. Element Fleet:

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A cabin day boat in the typical fleet colours of T&S Element. Red centre panel, white coachline rounded at the corners, with a green border. The complex geometric design just visible in the left hand corner (of the illustration by Edward Paget-Tomlinson) shows part of Elements’ complex identification mark. The marks were to be found on the majority of their day boats. Such markings, unique to each carrier, were one way in which boatmen could identify a company boat from the numerous other day boats also painted green with a red panel.
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On the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal towards Birmingham in August 1954, Tom Platt senior steers Elements’ cabin day boat Queen Mary
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With the tow line prominent in the foreground, cabin day boat Thomas Raymond travelling light, above Curdworth Locks in July 1955, heading for Pooley Hall colliery on the Coventry Canal for another load of coal
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July 1955, the cabin day boat Jack, again on the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal above Curdworth Locks with a full load of coal for GEC at Witton

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