Vessels on the Gloucester/ Sharpness canal.

Photographs on the canal in 1980's

By Lois Francis

The following photographs were taken in the 1980's. One is of the Bisley, which carried oil to the oil terminal in Quedgeley once each week. It only just got throught the bridges with inches to spare!

The other vessel is believed to be a harbour defence vessel, which was converted to private use and was moored opposite the oil terminal in Quedgeley.

We would love some more information about these two vessels if you have any.

Photo:The Bisley Oil Tanker?

The Bisley Oil Tanker?

Lois Francis

Photo:Where is the Bisley passing near?

Where is the Bisley passing near?

lois Francis

Photo:The large vessel in the background is believed to be a general purpose pinnace, built in the 1940s.  Boats such as these were used during World War II at Saul Junction by the RAF.

The large vessel in the background is believed to be a general purpose pinnace, built in the 1940s. Boats such as these were used during World War II at Saul Junction by the RAF.

Lois Francis

This page was added by Lois Francis on 09/04/2009.
Comments about this page

I remember the M/V Bisley, my father Peter Tasney was the Chief Engineer onboard, I took my apprenticeship onboard and the Captain Jim, Phil, Andy, sorry I can't remember their last names. I was onboard the Bisley many times going up and down the canal from Monk Meadow to Quedgeley down to Sharpness and on to Swansea.

A lot of good memories from when I was young

By Paul Tasney
On 11/07/2009

I think (not 100% sure, I remeber him buying a war vessel) that this vessel belonged to my father, he bought her off an elderly couple who lived on it at the Saul Junction for many years, my father named it "Tristan"

By Paul Tasney
On 11/07/2009

The 2nd Bisley photo I think is taken from Splatt Bridge looking north.

By toby
On 03/12/2010

See more about ML 293 here; http://www.nationalhistoricships.org.uk/register/483/ml-293

By Christian
On 21/01/2014

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