Ballinger's hull was rescued by Max Sinclair from the bottom of the canal over 50 years ago, with wooden bottom and sides in tact, her tell-tale stepped knees (still visible and made a feature of during fit out) are characteristic of what is now known as a Bantock MKI and production of those early boats began in 1873.

Below are external links to Max Sinclair's story and achievements, Bantock plans, history, notes and letters written by Thomas Bantock, including a fascinating breakdown of Bantock boat construction costs and materials. Also listed are links to related online conversations about age and construction by enthusiasts and experts alike.

Canal Pioneers - Max Sinclair - Waterways World Magazine


Renovating a wreck - Max Sinclair's own account - WorcesterVista.com

Interview transcription between Max Sinclair and Colin and Dorothy Adie

Max Sinclair Correspondence

NB Glenfield: Sister narrowboat to Ballinger - Canalworld.net

Historic Narrow Boat Club - Ballinger - HNBC.org.uk

Historic Narrow Boat Club - Bantock Day Boat Background - HNBC.org.uk

Thomas Bantock History - Darley's Daily Dawdle

Thomas Bantock & Co - History Timeline and Correspondence

Bantock Hull Plans

Ballinger Tattoo - GrannyButtons.com