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J&J Crook ?

Hi there i have a 42ft cruiser stern narrowboat which i have owned for about 9 months now and would like to know more about its builders J&J Crook. I have tried looking arond the net but cant seem to find any reference to them anywhere. I believe my boat to be around a 1980 build it is fitted with a lister st2 motor which goin by the numbers on the engine was made in 1979 . It also has JJC scrolled on the bow either side. Any help given to find out a bit of information about my boat and its roots would be greatly appreciated

Regards D Price.

Asked by: Dave Price  | 6.52pm, Monday 14 July


WW says:

J&J Crook were originally working boat operators on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. They were also one-time employers of well-respected Doug Moore, who later set up under his own name. I am not sure when Doug joined the company so i do not know whether your boat is one he might have had a hand in.

J&J Crook boats often have the initials JJC in the tops of the rear dollies, although this may only apply to traditional boats.

Graham Booth  | 9.45AM, Tuesday 15 July


Readers say:

Thank you for that graham , my boat does indeed have JJC on top of the rear dollies and i have since found out that it was first registered with BW in 1979. Also i found out that my boat was named after a childrens story book ( apparently a few of thier boats were ) called "Peace at last" by an author called Jill Murphy .

The boat has a lovely traditional looking bow and seems to be built like a battle cruiser , anyway enough of me babbling on all the best graham and thanks for the information. Regards. Dave Price.

Dave Price  | 8.37PM, Monday 21 July

Thank you for that graham , my boat does indeed have JJC on top of the rear dollies and i have since found out that it was first registered with BW in 1979. Also i found out that my boat was named after a childrens story book ( apparently a few of thier boats were ) called "Peace at last" by an author called Jill Murphy .

The boat has a lovely traditional looking bow and seems to be built like a battle cruiser , anyway enough of me babbling on all the best graham and thanks for the information. Regards. Dave Price.

Dave Price  | 8.37PM, Monday 21 July

Your boat was probably built at Riley Green boatyard on the Leeds Liverpool Canal.
My partners father Bill Johnston had the first boat which was made by Doug Moore at Riley Green. He called it Cock-a-Bondy, the boat has been extensively altered since he owned it, and is still around the canal system.

Albert Beckett  | 12.12PM, Sunday 5 July

hi, my grandad owned the 1st narrow boat that Doug Moore built when he stated out on his own called "ALICE No 1". it won the boat of the year award in 1980 or 81. it was his 1st and only boat to win this award. my grandad owned this boat for about 18-19 years b4 he sadly passed away a few years ago, but "alice" still looks as good today as the day she was built. i have met Doug & Marie Moore in about 1994-95 (1st time Doug had seen his boat since building it). my grandad and his then wife keept in touch with Doug & Marie. you can contact me at lee101@hotmail.co.uk. may still be able to put you in touch with Doug and you can get all the answers you need to know about your boat. Lee

lee  | 9.41PM, Monday 5 April

hi there we have a 45ft narrowboat with the initials JJC on the bow it was built in 1979 but cant find any info anywhere as we didnt get any history about it i wonder if anyone can help please thanks :)

sue  | 11.47PM, Wednesday 23 March

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