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Monday 19 May

Today's news from the web

  • Manchester Ship Canal cuts lorry movements roadtransport.com

    A company that has reopened a freight transport link on Manchester's Ship Canal to move goods off the roads says it could eventually save 15,000 lorry movements a year...

  • Crews probe canal tunnel blaze riddle birminghammail.net

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  • Canal boats are stars of show expressandstar.com

    Hundreds of visitors flocked to a canal basin in Halesowen to enjoy a host of attractions including narrowboat rides, ferret racing and a fairground. ...

  • Metal thieves steal canalside art thisisleicestershire.co.uk

    Bronze artwork was uprooted from the towpath next to the Grand Union Canal in Leicester, near Frog Island, causing about £30,000 of damage. ...

  • Canal Festival Attracts Thousands thisislocallondon.co.uk

    As the Rickmansworth Canal Festival comes to a close, it is estimated that around 10,000 visitors took part in the fun. ...

  • New crew cranes opened on canal news.bbc.co.uk

    New cranes to help people with mobility problems to get from a boat onto a jetty or pontoon have been officially opened on the Caledonian Canal. ...

  • Engineer did not foresee River Severn danger portsmouth.co.uk

    An engineer overseeing the inspection of a lock where a Hampshire diver was crushed after a dam burst has admitted that a danger which could be tested by a child's toe in a bath plughole had "not occurred" to him. ...

  • BW boss goes on tour to meet customers waterscape.com

    British Waterways chief executive, Robin Evans, is set to embark on a nationwide tour to meet with boaters, anglers, walkers, and other interested local canal users, giving customers a dedicated forum to discuss their interests and express their views on the management of the waterways. ...


Thursday 15 May

How the outside world sees us

The designer's bible, Design Week, takes an unprompted look at narrowboat design with this challenging article.

The headline, 'Canalside Travesties', warns you that it's not going to be a sympathetic hearing:

"Canal boats are basically motorised metal pontoons, comically narrow floating caravans. There is very little nautical about them. That's fine, but I have an issue with the way they are now. They are all weird fakes."

Hugh Pearman, the well-respected author of the article, would like to see more "unselfconscious, functional boats" rather than what he describes as historic pastiches.

It's not an entirely fair picture: there are still some very affordable functional craft out there, like the Calcutt Clipper or even some of the narrowboats we've seen imported from China. But could there be an ounce of truth in his portrayal?

Richard Fairhurst  | 2.44pm | 1 comment


Today's news from the web

  • Jury visits Severn lock thisisgloucestershire.co.uk

    The jury in the inquest of tragic diver David Gordon Moore yesterday visited the site where he died while working on a lock almost four years ago. The 11 jurors were kitted out in life jackets as they were guided around Upper Lode Lock near Tewkesbury. ...

  • New L&L canal bridge icseftonandwestlancs.icnetwork.co.uk

    Plans for an iconic new canal bridge in Litherland have won the seal of approval. ...

  • Deer ramps installed on S&SYN thornegazette.co.uk

    Deer ramps have been installed along the Stainforth and Keadby Canal in a bid to reduce the numbers of animals drowning. ...

  • River Severn diver died after leaky dam burst portsmouth.co.uk

    A professional diver servicing a lock was crushed to death by three metres of water after a "primitive" leaky dam burst over him, an inquest heard. ...


Wednesday 14 May

Today's news from the web

  • Trent Vale project seeks community involvement waterscape.com

    The Trent Vale Landscape Partnership, led by British Waterways, has just begun a period of community involvement to identify projects that could benefit local people, visitors, and the natural and cultural heritage along the River Trent. ...

  • Jury to visit diver death scene news.bbc.co.uk

    An inquest jury is to visit the scene where a diver died after he became trapped underwater in a River Severn lock. ...

  • Isolated canal gets cleanup nwemail.co.uk

    Ulverston Inshore Rescue has launched an attack on the litter and debris in Ulverston Canal. ...


Monday 12 May

Sea Otter Boats enter liquidation

WW has learned today that Sea Otter, long-established aluminium narrowboat builders, has been placed into a "controlled liquidation". Initial reports suggest that no boat-buyers have lost out.

More details as we have them.

Richard Fairhurst  | 3.30pm | add a comment


Today's news from the web

  • Manchester Bolton & Bury breakthrough waterscape.com

    Two hundred years after it was built, a major milestone in the restoration of the Manchester, Bolton & Bury Canal was reached on Friday 9 May 2008 as British Waterways' contractor, Volker Stevin, broke though the end of a new 70-metre long canal tunnel at Salford. ...

  • Harrison Ford wants another canal trip people.co.uk

    The Hollywood actor who plays the high-speed hero is keen to repeat his slowmotion trip on a 60ft narrow boat with lots of stops at waterside pubs. ...

  • Visitors up at Falkirk Wheel waterscape.com

    The Falkirk Wheel attracted over 500,000 visitors in 2007, a 17.5% increase on 2006, according to VisitScotland's Scottish Visitor Attraction Monitor, announced today, Friday, 9 May 2008. ...


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