Commercial canal traffic

The Alma Koppelmann

By Peter Harrison

The Alma Koppelmann, a German coaster built in 1966, was a regular visitor to the Gloucester-Sharpness canal in the 1980's taking timber to yards in Gloucester. I believe she is still in service but has been renamed the Jenbo.

The first picture shows her passing through the site of the old Packthorne Bridge at Saul and the second is one of her passing a Bowker and King tanker heading back to the Swansea refinery after discharging at  the Shell oil depot in Quedgeley. The final picture is the Alma Koppelmann passing through Splatt Bridge, Frampton on Severn. There was very little clearance  and the deckhand is holding a fender over the side to prevent a collision with the bridge support.

Sadly, the pictures are quite old and the colours are not true but they bring back memories of when the canal was regularly used by commercial traffic

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This page was added by Peter Harrison on 10/12/2012.

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