"Lupin" No.67, 1914-Present

Photograph courtesy of Val Roberts, Historic Narrow Boat Club (HNBC), Newsletter Editor

The Lupin was built in April 1914 by Fellows, Morton & Clayton Ltd. which was, for much of the early 20th century, the largest and best-known canal transportation company in England.  The company was in existence from 1889 to 1947. The Lupin was much restored in the 1990's and is still in use to this day on the waterways. It is shown above at Beale Park on the river Thames, taken during one of the Inland Waterways Association Festivals in 2006 or 2010. The lower picture was taken on the Grand Union Canal in 2016.

Whilst I don't know the full history behind the Lupin, I do know from within the family that one of the very early Masters of the Lupin was James Arthur Knibbs b.1885 at Braunston, Northamptonshire. James was the third generation of a long line of canalboatmen. He himself had five sons who continued in the same trade.
James married in 1915 shortly after the Lupin was first commissioned, and I know from Allen Knight that his maternal grandmother, Florence Fanny Knibbs (the eldest child of James Arthur Knibbs) was born on 24 March 1917 on the Lupin, This clearly places James as one of the first, if not the very first master of the Lupin. 

Photograph courtesy of Nick Grundy, Historic Narrow Boat Club (HNBC), Kennet & Avon Rep


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