Wednesday, 2 December 2009

The Roger Fuller Frederick 2 engine

This is the engine of the Roger Fuller “Frederick 2” tugboat built by Five Towns boat yard in 1991. (That’s Freddy us). She’s Tugboat Tony’s pride and joy. I posted a couple of pictures of the boat on Monday, then wandered off with the new lock gate yesterday, well we’re back now and it’s all about the engine…
 
In Tugboat Tony’s own eloquent words: [Quote]
 
“ITS A GARDNER 150HP TAKE NO SURVIVORS ON THE CUT ENGINE. ITS DESIGNED TO WASH FISHERMEN OFF THE BANK AS YOU GO ALONG. AND IF THAT FAILS, AND THEY LEAVE THEIR RODS IN TILL LAST MINUTE AS YOU PASS THEM, A HAND COMES OUT OF THE FUNNEL AND SQUEEZES THEIR NUTS INTO BITE SIZE CHOCOLATE COVERED STREPSILS!”
 
Yes indeed, what a lovely peaceful canal side scene that conjures up, (Cringe).
 
So moving swiftly on here’s the engine in all it’s glory…
 
Freddy engine1
 
Freddy engine2
 
Freddy engine3
 
Freddy engine4
 
Freddy engine5
 
Freddy engine6
 
Don’t ask me if they’re the right way up I can’t tell. I’m not the sort who regularly posts pictures of engines, (spare the thought). But Freddy 2 is unique with bags of history. OK then yes, with a mighty engine worth looking at too, even if you don’t know anything about them (or even want to) like me!
 
But I know there’s a lot of enthusiasts out there. Tony says he can’t stop anywhere on the canal without someone wanting to have a chat about it...

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