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Portia

The Shropshire Union Executive Committee minutes of the 15th February 1911 refer to the order of 6 boats at £115 each from Nurser & Sons Braunston.

The minutes of the Committee meeting for the 14th June 1911 refer to 3 narrowboats being delivered by Nurser & Sons.  (Presumably PortiaOphelia and Titania).   'The Boatyard Superintendent reports that the materials and work are in every way satisfactory.’

The 1911 Census return lists Harriet Price (ageed 33) as ‘Hand’ on boat Portia moored at Shropshire Union Canal and Docks Ellesmere Port.

On board with husband Fred Price (aged 35, born 1876) who is listed as Master of Canal Boat, General Carrier Worker.  They have been married for 7 years having been married in 1904.  Also on board is william perry (aged 7, born 1904 in Turley, Cheshire) listed as stepson of Fred Price.  He could be a stepson of Harriet’s first marriage.  Harriet and Fred’s child, Albert Price , is also on board.  Harriet is listed as having had 5 children, 3 of whom are still living.  however the third child is not listed as being with them on census night and could have been staying with another family.  There is also boat hand Annie Wildly (aged 20) born 1891 in Chester listed on board.

Narrowboat Portia was a new boat registered to Fred Price 10th April 1911 to SURCO travelling ‘Shropshire District to Ellesmere Port caring general dry goods. (Wolverhampton Boat Register Central Library Archives Wolverhampton. Ref: CMB/WOL/PM/1/1  Boat nos. 962-1032 inclusive.

All above material from ‘Window on the World’ Slipway Personalities Research.  National Waterways Museum.  Ellesmere Port.

Committee Minutes can be found here

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