The project So Far
Steam Tunneltug Hasty


The Hull

The idea is to build a replica based on the original pre 1922 "Hasty". There will be differences that are necessary to make the boat into a viable leisure craft instead a "Canal Loco" and some things won't be the same because of practicalities, for example, the draught will only be 38" where as the original pre 1922 Hasty was more like 48" and the last tunnel tug named hasty built in 1922 had a draught of 54" although a nice thought, a boat with such a deep draught wouldn't go far on today's canals.

The Hull

The hull is going to be built by Brinklow Boat Services. Originally we planned to start in January 2010 with the intention to have the boat launched and in steam by summer 2010, however this has been delayed a bit because of Steve's (the boatbuilder) growing workload. This suits me because it gives me the time I need to sort out the engine and pumps plus time to save up the cash needed when it comes to fitting her out.


This new boat will be a replica of the tunnel tug "Hasty" which can be seen on the "Pumps" page. There will be subtle differences such as the position of the funnel and it will be 12' longer than Hasty's recorded length because it is important to make it practical for cruising so space for living accommodation is important.



The first signs of the hull coming together. There's nothing fancy about the spec, being 10mm bottom and 6mm sides it is pretty standard but I'm sure will out live me as top quality descaled and primed material will be used throughout. The strength will be evident soon when the frames and bracing are finished. This is very important as steam engines do not need gear boxes, they produce massive torque throughout their rotational speed range which is transferred to the hull so extensive stiffening will be needed.


They make it all seem so easy but thats the difference between a boatbuilder and a fabricator. The bow is completely shaped ready for the guards to be tacked on. This is a particularly difficult part of the boat to get in proportion and looking like the original. The pictures don't really show it to it's best but it's looking pretty good.



The latest layout with a smaller "Dinette" set up on the saloon which reduces the births from 6 to 4. This is primarily to make sure there is room access hatches in the saloon area as a safety feature because without them there would be no escape from a fire in the engine room for anybody in the front of the cabin.


29th September 2010.

13th October 2010.

9th September 2010.

28th October 2010


8th November 2010


10th November 2010



7th December 2010

The stern has been tacked together and is now ready for seam welding. Despite my appalling photography the size and shape of the tapered swim can be seen. The counter is a bit deeper than the stern of the (1922) Hasty because the propeller is only 31" diameter where as the tunnel tug props would have been much bigger. To maintain the under water proportions, the counter will have about 4" extra depth below the lower guard strip, the alternatives would have been a 48"-53" draught (like the 1923 Hasty) or the counter being 4" to 6" above the water level neither of which would have been as good a solution. As I said before, for practical reasons some aspects will have to be slightly different to the Hasty seen in the archive photographs, and this is one of them.


The tapered swim gives the best use of space inside the boat whilst also keeping the length needed to provide sufficient flow to the prop. The draught will be around 38" so there won't be a lot of water passing underneath the hull as it will be dragging on the bottom most of the time so the long subtle swim is essential.

As previously explained this boat will be made from a mixture of old and new. Steve and the team at Brinklow Boats have also contributed to this by providing some rare relics of boats long gone, some of these have been donated by Steve and Simon's friends such as the Stem Iron from the "Clavander" or the "Suzan" C 1916 kindly donated by Mr Tim Higton and the pre 1900 wrought iron Rams Head donated by Mr Ian Cook of Brewood, elegantly modelled by Simon.


22nd December 2010


27th January 2011


A nice view of the chequer plate floor work done by Dave and Steve.


This is very important because mess and filth can quickly build up in a steam engine room and this very flat and neat floor doesn't have anywhere for it to congregate whilst at the same time providing good grip.


2nd February 2011

9th February 2011


2nd March 2011


17th May 2011

Roof Details


1st June 2011

Distinctive Design Features Take Shape


15th June 2011


20th July 2011


Launch Day