Images kindly supplied by Emma Smith
I love how the blog allows stories to unfold slowly, gradually adding more and more information and evidence as time passes; and so it is with the story of the Charles Ferrie narrowboat, which Ralph Ferrie donated to Brownhills Youth Club in 1962, and was named in memory of his father.
The original coverage of the story is here, complete with discussion of the youth cub and members.
Well, over the weekend Emma Smith got in touch with a collection of recently unearthed photos of the Charles Ferrie boat on a day trip… and we’d like to know where, please?
My dad’s brother Maurice Smith recently came up with these fine photos of a day out on the cut on a Charles Ferrie narrowboat.
Can anyone help with the names of lads on board and the locations, please?
Maurice seems to remember Wolverhampton way but not sure.
One lad for sure other than my Uncle Maurice Smith is Edward Hassle who later became a Teacher at my old Primary School – Castlefort JMI in Walsall Wood.
Thanks Emma for that, a great contribution to the history of the Ferrie empire – it’s hard with such a larger than life character sometimes to get past the rumour and mythology, so every bit of material we can share and add to the story is wonderful. Thanks for your generosity.
If you can identify either places or people in these photos, or indeed, can add anything to the story, please do comment here, or mail me on BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. Cheers.