Laurel is an ex Fellows Morton and Clayton motor built in 1913. From 1949 until 1960, Laurel worked for British Waterways on the Coventry Canal until becoming sunk at Hartshill. She was sold into private ownership in 1964 and was converted for pleasure use. A few hull modifications were also made including deepening the counter.
Laurel has now been deconverted and brought to Brinklow to be returned to near original condition. This includes removing the modified stern and replacing with one the correct depth and shape, new uxter and sole plates, rebottoming where needed and other hull repairs if necessary.
UPDATE 7TH FEBRUARY 2014
3 new photos have been added below showing work has been continuing on Laurel by cutting out further old steel which is in need of replacement around the old counter.
UPDATE 8TH MARCH 2015
Laurel has now been put back in the water. The work which was completed by the steel work team included: counter round replaced, counter sides rebuild, new counter bottom. The knees have all been descaled and riveted back up as well as the foreend being partly rebuilt with new footings and guards etc.