Click here to view a PDF Brochure of 'Antony'
Click here to see historic photos on the Waterways Archive website.
‘Antony’ was built in 1935 for the Grand Union Canal Carrying Company where she worked carrying cargo. ’She was cut in half by British Waterways in 1960s at Bulls Bridge, then converted into a 6 berth hire boat with central cockpit and wheel steering. There is a brochure from 1969 advertising the hire boat. There are plenty of photos on the CRT archive site if you search for ‘Water Lilac’.
In a 1972 BW brochure ‘Water Lilac’ was based at Hillmorton and by then had tiller steering. Some time in the 1970s she was bought by Ernie Thomas at Walsall and used again as a hire boat, and apparently occasionally as a tug. Ernie Thomas had a new back end fitted and a Lister HA2 installed. The engine is fitted under the back deck. The new back end has a steel bottom.
The current owners bought her in 2014. In 1985 it was rebottomed in elm by Ian Riley at Runcorn, and new footings and some patches at the fore end were done by Tim Leech. In 1986 the cabin was rebuilt using marine ply on ash frames. New keroin gunnels were fitted.
The cabin of Antony is of wooden construction. In 1986 the cabin was rebuilt using marine ply on ash frames. New keroin gunnels were fitted.
The interior is open plan, there is a Double bed at the rear of the boat, and a seat which doubles as a single bed if needed further forward. Midships there is a dining area with a solid fuel stove, a Little Whitton 5kw, fitted in 2014, which heats the boat adequately. Lights are LED all through fitted by Sandra from Middlewich Narrowboats in 2015, together with radio/CD player and 2 cigar lighter sockets. There is a full size gas cooker, fed from gas bottle in gas locker at front of the boat. There is a sink and drainer, and numerous shelves and cupboards.
Elsan toilet and shower tray at rear of boat ready for a shower to be fitted. There is a full set of cushions and curtains, carpets for the floor etc. She comes with a full complement of ropes, an anchor, and mooring pins.
Heating: Solid fuel stove, Little Whitton 5kw fitted in 2014.
Berths: Double bed at rear and a seat which can be turned into a single berth
Electrics: 2 x 12v cigarette lighter sockets
Lighting: LEDs throughout fitted by Sandra from Middlewich Narrowboats in 2015
Storage: Plenty of kitchen cupboards and shelves, bookshelves throughout and under bed storage
Decor: Colourful painted woodwork
Antony is of composite construction (iron sides and elm bottom). In 1985 she was rebottomed in elm by Ian Riley at Runcorn, and new footings and some patches at the fore end were done by Tim Leech.
Last Docked: Docked in November 2018 and blacked in 2 pack epoxy on the sides
Paintwork: Cabin painted orange, with grained panels
Windows: 4 windows down each side and a porthole in the kitchen
Headlight: Headlight controlled from switch by ignition key
Bow Locker: Houses gas bottle
Fenders: Rear fenders by Renaissance in 2015.
Bilge Pump: 2 bilge pumps with float switches
Antony is fitted with a marine Lister HA2. The engine was installed by Ernie Thomas during her hire boat days and is located under the back deck.
Engine: Air cooled Marine Lister HA2 - last serviced by John Regan in 2016, new diesel pump fitted
Gearbox: Lister Blackstone
Electrics: 3 Heavy duty batteries in a battery box under back deck. 1 battery is exclusively for starter.
Diesel Tanks: Approx 115 litres
Controls: Removable gear lever protrudes through deck & morse control for throttle
Ignition: Electric start, no hand start