Trevor Whitling (IEng) - Marine Surveyor
BTEC Higher National Diploma in Marine Engineering
Department of Transport Class I certificate of competency (steam and motor).
Qualification to enable me to sail as chief engineer officer on any merchant ship.
Associate member of IMarEST
(Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology)
CORGI (LPG for boats)
I commenced marine engineering, surveying and gas fitting on Inland Waterways craft in 1995 after having spent many years at sea as a second engineer officer in the British Merchant Navy. Initially trading as a sole trader and later as a limited company in 2003.
I have a lifelong experience of the canal industry dating back to childhood family holidays. Similarly I have an obsession with vintage machinery and historic craft.
NB Progress - (Sold in 2009 - Click here)
Built by Peter Keay and Son in 1936
We owned Progress from 1987 to 2009. This timber 50’ BCN Tug worked the Black Country canals until conversion into a hire boat in 1958.
We totally restored Progress between 1998 – 2002 at Bates Boatyard, Aylesbury.
She is powered by a Fowler 2DYM diesel engine (1944) which was first fitted into the boat in 1958 at the time of conversion.
Horseboat Elland - Sold in 2008
Believed to be built in West Riding between 1850 – 1875
We owned Elland from 2005 to 2008 and carried out some repairs and maintenance to bring her up to her present condition. The iron hull sides and bottom are original, and after gritblasting were found to be in an amazing condition. Elland has not been converted, we used her as a camping boat towed behind Progress.
Elland was sold to The Horseboat Society in Dec 2008.