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Canal boats in tow

Mortgage Documents

These compilations of canal boat mortgages give an insight into the operations of the canal during its heyday.

William Bauman prepared these compilations. Boats were owned by individuals, companies, and investors or businessmen. After 1902 the coal carriers were owned or operated under a contract by the Canal Towage Company.

If you are searching for a particular ancestor or boat,the Index to the Compilations is a good place to start. Then you will know which of the 20 compilations below contains the mortgage of interest. Some boats were mortgaged more than once; particulars may appear in more than one compilation.

Please feel free to contact William,, with any questions about the documents. (Many of the documents contain William’s old email address at, which no longer works.)

Resources listed in chronological order and are available in PDF format.