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Wednesday 10 August

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  • Man shot on Leeds & Liverpool canal towpath at Aintree liverpoolecho.co.uk

    A Merseyside community spoke of its shock after a man was gunned down on a secluded canal path in Aintree. The 24-year-old victim was described as being in a critical condition after being shot in the buttock and stomach during the early hours of yesterday. He was found along a stretch of the Leeds Liverpool canal near Wango Lane, Aintree....


Tuesday 9 August

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  • Four people rescued on Dutch barge off north Norfolk coast fakenhamtimes.co.uk

    Four people aboard a 17m Dutch barge were rescued after the boat suffered engine failure and encountered difficulties in strong winds this afternoon. Wells-Next-the-Sea’s all-weather lifeboat was called to rescue the barge in rough seas off Blakeney Point on the North Norfolk coast. The 17 metre boat, Angell Hardy 2, had four people on board and was on passage from Grimsby. She was left wallowing in heavy swell and two-metre waves and was unable to anchor because of the conditions....

  • Boat-loving cat found elmbridgeguardian.co.uk

    A cat-loving family have expressed their thanks to everyone who helped find their boat-loving pussy cat when it went missing on a narrow boat holiday. Silver tabby Flossie went missing on July 23 and her desperate owners distributed missing posters and called the local papers in a bid to find her. “It is just a stupid cat, but it’s our stupid cat and we love her and feel so happy that we have her back.”...


Monday 8 August

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  • New friends group for Grand Western Canal? thisisthewestcountry.co.uk

    The active Canal Awareness Group is exploring the creation of the Friends of the Grand Western Canal Country Park, which would apply for grants and bring additional resources to the popular canal. The friends would also promote the attractions of the canal to an even wider audience and hope to make closer links between the country park’s management team and the communities along the 11-mile stretch....

  • A narrowboat tour of London's canals: the boat that rocks - Travel Guardian guardian.co.uk

    Of course this would happen. It was inevitable. It happened to camping, and to caravanning, holiday camps, real ale and beach huts … Canal boating, the holiday preference of bearded retirees, eventually had to succumb to the cool treatment and, yes, it seems the first signs are there....

  • The great escape: stars go wild in the countryside | Culture | The Observer guardian.co.uk

    Niomi McLean-Daley, better known as the double Brit award- and three-time Mobo award-winning artist Ms Dynamite, may have grown up in north west London, but she takes the helm of a narrowboat in the gentle Oxford countryside like a natural....

  • British Waterways objects to Wincham Urban Village plans northwichguardian.co.uk

    British Waterways has objected to plans for an urban village in Wincham. In June, a planning application was submitted by Emery Planning Partnership, on behalf of Gladedale Estates Ltd and Russell Homes Ltd, for a mixed residential, commercial and recreational site....


Saturday 6 August

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  • Rickmansworth boat thief spared jail watfordobserver.co.uk

    A homeless man who stole a canal boat and caused £4,000 damage has been spared prison. Steven Swadling 26, was caught when a boat lover spotted him painting the narrow boat after a plea from its desperate owner was posted on the internet. Swadling had made off with the recently renovated blue boat when it was moored at Springwell Lock, Rickmansworth. He had been sleeping rough nearby between the end of March and beginning of April....


Friday 5 August

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  • British lakes and canals hit by toxic algae scum guardian.co.uk

    British canals and lakes have been blighted this summer by green porridge-like toxic scum that has been caused by an unusually high number of algae blooms. A combination of the mild weather and high levels of phosphate nutrients from agriculture and homes are to blame, says the Environment Agency. This year there have been 83 algal incidents so far, just a month into the three month-long algae season - a higher than usual amount, according to the agency. In 2010, the number of incidents reached 225, while the peak year was recorded in 2005 with 226 reports....


Wednesday 3 August

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  • Fire outbreak at Marlow Rowing Club motorboatsmonthly.co.uk

    Marlow Rowing Club, the home club of five times Olympic champion Sir Steve Redgrave, was damaged by an "extremely fierce fire" early this morning. At least 50 firefighters from both Buckinghamshire and Berkshire Fire and Rescue Services attended the club, located by Marlow Bridge, and were still damping down the flames at 10am today. No-one was injured and the blaze is not being treated as suspicious according to a spokesperson from Berkshire Fire Service but an investigation is ongoing....

  • Top paid civil servants and quango chiefs: See who gets the most guardian.co.uk

    The government has published the salaries of all public servants, including quango chiefs, who earn £150,000 or more. The list shows that the highest paid person is the Nuclear Decommissioning Authorities chief executive, Tony Fountain, who is on a maximum salary of £379,999. He's followed by Dennis Hone, the chief executive of the Olympic Delivery Authority, who earns between £310,000 and £314,999. In all, ten members of the ODA are paid £2.1m between them....


Tuesday 2 August

Leicester Line is latest to get lock restrictions

The Grand Union's 'Leicester Line' is the latest to be subject to overnight lock closures due to water shortages.  From today (2nd August), locks are being padlocked between Kibworth Top Lock No. 18 (Market Harborough level) and King's Lock, Aylestone Meadows, where the canal joins the River Soar. 

"It is essential that boats double up when using locks in this location", says BW.  "We ask that boaters be patient and wait for other boats in order that we can conserve the little water we have available."

Andrew Denny  | 1.07pm


Oxford Canal reservoir and canal water levels cause concern

Low reservoir levels are finally beginning to tell on canal navigation, after optimistic noises from British Waterways about maintaining water supplies during an extremely dry spring and a less-than-wet summer.

The latest warning, issued today by BW, tells of critical lows on the Oxford Canal summit, fed mainly by the Boddington reservoir, which is 'close to the minimum at which it can operate'. The authority says that the summit locks, at Marston Doles and Claydon, will be locked from 4pm-9am each night, and that, during the daytime, boaters should not 'turn' empty locks, but should wait for other boats to come through first.

It was immediately followed by a report that at Hillmorton Locks, one of each 'pair' will be padlocked shut for the rest of the summer, to encourage people to wait for other boats.

Andrew Denny  | 12.21pm


Today's news from the web

  • Narrow boat converted to German U-boat enters Liverpool’s Salthouse Dock liverpoolecho.co.uk

    A maritime enthusiast has transformed his barge into a replica German U-boat and moored at Salthouse Dock. Richard Williams from Chorley said he originally planned to turn the floating museum into a tribute to The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine, but because the specialist paint cost £4,000 he chose black paint instead....

  • Life on 'book barge' is a whole new chapter express.co.uk

    When Sarah Henshaw gave up her job as a showbiz journalist to pursue a career as a bookseller she didn’t plan on contending with 3am wake-up calls and drunken customers relieving themselves over her shop. Then again when your books emporium is a 57ft cruiser stern narrowboat moored along canal paths, it is more vulnerable to passers-by than your average branch of Waterstones....


Monday 1 August

Trent Long Horse Bridge under construction ready for

Work is now well underway on the replacement for Long Horse Bridge, the old concrete footbridge at the confluence of the Rivers Trent and Derwent, and the Trent & Mersey Canal, nearly a decade after it was closed and demolished.  

The new single span bridge is expected to be raised into position on 23rd August.

Andrew Denny  | 4.21pm


Thursday 28 July

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  • Boat-loving pussycat lost ashore elmbridgeguardian.co.uk

    A beloved boat-loving pussycat has gone missing from her owners’ narrow boat. Silver tabby Flossie has holidayed on the boat for the past seven years, since she was a tiny kitten, and has never disappeared before. Flossie left its owners narrow boat on Saturday, July 23, and did not return. Margaret and Michael Hing have been searching day and night around Coxes Lock, Addlestone, where they were moored when the cat hopped off for a wander....


Wednesday 27 July

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  • Canal du Midi trees to be felled due to plague telegraph.co.uk

    France is felling thousands of trees shading the banks of its Canal du Midi, a Unesco World Heritage site, due to a canker stain plague decimating plants along the 17th century marvel of engineering. The mass uprooting has sparked fears that, devoid of its trademark twin lines of dappled plane trunks, one of Europe's longest and widest canal systems will lose its Unesco World Heritage status. The trees have been a feature of the canal from Toulouse to Sète on the Mediterranean, since it was completed in 1680 thanks to the engineering genius of Pierre-Paul Riquet, one of Louis XIV's salt tax collectors. Their triple aim was to strengthen the banks, reduce water evaporation by the strong Midi sun and shade canal boats, which originally transported wine and fabrics but today carry canal boating enthusiasts – many of them British. ...


Sunday 24 July

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  • The future of marine power? rupertholmes.co.uk

    A glimpse of marine propulsion in the future was offered by the finalists of this year’s Royal Thames YC Mansura Trophy, awarded to the most innovative companies in the field of electric and hybrid propulsion. Overall winner was Gideon Goudsmit’s FastCat 445 Green Motion World Cruiser, which makes fossil fuel free ocean cruising a reality. The concept of this 44ft cruising cat was proven in a voyage from South Africa to Holland. “I’ve worked on this project for eight years, with many mishaps along the way, but we’ve succeeded in our objective of creating a fossil-fuel free ocean going boat,” he says....


Friday 22 July

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  • Pocklington Canal study could lead to major investment pocklingtonpost.co.uk

    A study into improving one of Pocklington’s most picturesque areas has been launched- and there are hopes it could help open the door to a £1 million investment. British Waterways and the Leader Waterways Partnership has commissioned the study on Pocklington Canal and local people are being asked to submit their ideas on what they would like to see happen on or around the waterway. Heritage expert Marion Blockley from Shropshire has been tasked to carry out the survey, and having set up a pitch at Pocklington’s market on Tuesday to gauge views, she is set to spend the coming months gathering more opinions and assembling a report....


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