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Birmingham Canal Museum Do we need one can we get one? Have a look and complete the survey to give your views. If you are organizing a UK canal or river event that you would like added to this list please let me know.

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Preston Brook Tunnel (north end) Boat coming out of tunnel
For more information see Trent and Mersey Canal.

The Boat Listing is now hosted by CanalPlanAC. Please update your Favourites/Bookmarks to http://canalplan.org.uk/boats/

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If you are a newcomer to the subject, or this web site, you may want to start with my Introduction pages. These give an introduction to this website, the UK Waterways System, its history and to inland boating on canals or rivers.

Escape from Microsoft - my experiences with Linux.

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Books, videos, DVDs and links to other canal shopping sites.

For non-waterway travel photographs see www.jim-shead.net

I am also webmaster for the following waterways sites Railway & Canal Historical Society
The Association of Nene River Clubs
House of York

All about the Inland Waterways Association (IWA) click here

Quote of the day No 310

Friday 25 April 2014

The narrow boat is the most characteristic craft of the English canals. There were many other types of canal barge, but they were built for localised parts of the Waterway system, to measurements which prevent them from leaving their own area. All long-distance canal traffic must therefore be carried in narrow boats, 70 ft long but only 6 ft 10 in to 7 ft wide and built to pass through the narrow locks of the connecting Midland canals.

Before the opening of these narrow gauge canals, the majority of British inland navigations were natural rivers, some deepened or improved by artificial cuts, or short canals that acted as extensions to a river navigation. Naturally these canals were built to accommodate existing local river traffic and there were no standard dimensions. The forefathers of the strictly inland narrow boat are thus found in the barges and boats working on the rivers in the middle of the eighteenth century, and one extreme possibility is that some of the decorative traditions stem from the same root.

A. J. Lewery -Narrow Boat Painting

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