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Quote of the day No 132

Wednesday 20 February 2019

Turning now to the canals, who could have envisaged the tremendous enthusiasm the IWA has now generated and the influence it now wields? Such activity is no longer confined to boating but to navvying; gangs of volunteers, often knee deep in mud, are to be found hard at work restoring derelict canals. What would have surprised us even more in 1947, such works now enjoys the blessing, and often the active cooperation of, British Waterways and local government. Nevertheless, one of the things I most regret when I recall the canals as I knew them is the passing of the working narrow boat. I realize now that even if our early effort to improve conditions for the boaters had been more successful, given the present economic climate, they could only have postponed by a few years the inevitable end of the narrow canals as a way of life. It was the fact that these canals were the territory of a colourful and unique community that made my years aboard Cressy so memorable. That is why the present ‘cruiseway’ system with its ever growing population of pleasure boats seems a poor thing compared with the canals I was fortunate to know. The moral is that you can preserve material objects, but you cannot preserve a way of life. Yet I console myself with the thought that, but for our effort, much of our canal system would either have been filled in or become neglected ditches choked with weeks and rubbish.

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