The canal and docks have needed dredging periodically to remove silt created by bank erosion or carried in by feeder streams or by pumping. The last of the steam-powered bucket dredgers, now an exhibit at the National Waterways Museum (picture right), was bought by the Sharpness New Docks Company in 1925, and when it arrived it was designated SND No 4. The obvious implication is that the Company had had three earlier dredgers, but this is not the whole story. The following is based on an article published in Llanthony Log, the newsletter of the Friends of the National Waterways Museum.........
No 4 Dredger
The Company operated these three dredgers, as needed, throughout the early years of the twentieth century, but as they got older they needed more frequent repairs, which interrupted the progress of the dredging operations. After much deliberation, therefore, a new dredger was purchased in 1925 from the Dutch firm de Klopp, and this time logic prevailed as it was given the next number in the series - No 4. The Fielding & Platt dredger was hired to the Severn Commission and later transferred by British Waterways to the River Weaver. The Bristol dredger had all its machinery removed and the hull was converted to a pontoon called Encore, which now supports the office at Sharpness Marina. No 4 dredger continued operating on the canal until it was replaced in 1981 by a diesel-electric dredger named Thomas Fletcher after the resident engineer who supervised the final phase of the construction of the canal in the 1820s.'
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