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Tuesday 15 January

Today's news from the web

  • New Gloucester bridge launched builderandengineer.co.uk

    The lifting section of a new £10m bridge which will span the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal, will be launched into position over two days commencing today. ...

  • Marina hills can stay wigantoday.net

    A marina can keep the controversial canalside "blot" it created in a Wigan beauty spot. ...

  • Freight 'may be moved to canals' news.bbc.co.uk

    Ways to move more freight in the West Midlands using the region's canals are being investigated by transport chiefs. ...

  • Work begins on Loxwood Bridge waterscape.com

    The Wey & Arun Canal Trust has started the third and final phase of the ambitious project to restore the canal crossing under the main road through Loxwood. ...

  • Venice to install speed cameras on canals ananova.com

    Venice is planning to introduce speed cameras on its canals to stop motor boats from churning up the water. ...

  • Makeover for Cromford Canal derbyshiretimes.co.uk

    The Cromford Canal is set to get a makeover thanks to a grant from the East Midlands Development Agency. ...

  • New panorama forms on Ipswich waterfront eadt.co.uk

    In the last few years, Ipswich's ancient waterfront, which can trace its roots back to Anglo-Saxon times, has seen a rapid turnaround in fortunes....


Monday 14 January

The narrowboats are back at London

Last year's London Boat Show was an embarrassment for inland boaters, so it's reassuring to be able to say that this year's event is looking much healthier.

The inland steel craft have moved from the main hall to the "marina" (read: dock) outside the ExCeL venue, making space for 14 boats wide and narrow. If you're buying a boat, there's more choice at Crick or the IWA National, but it's interesting that London has managed the best showing of hire-boats of any show.

Inside, of course, there's the usual selection of river cruisers including some good-value larger craft well suited to the Severn, Thames or Trent, and evergreens such as the £9,999 Shetland Family Four. The chandlery stalls were packed when we visited on Saturday but should be a bit quieter this week.

As with the Earls Court show in November, the ExCeL event isn't worth trekking from the far end of the kingdom, but a very enjoyable visit for boaters based in the southeast. It continues to Sunday: more details at their official site. We'll have a full report in our March issue.

Richard Fairhurst  | 12.12pm | add a comment


Today's news from the web

  • Officially a masterpiece dailypost.co.uk

    The landmark Pontcysyllte aqueduct was officially nominated yesterday as a World Heritage Site. ...

  • Crick show dates for 2008 northamptonchron.co.uk

    The dates for the popular Crick Boat Show have been confirmed for 2008 as the May Bank Holiday weekend, May 24 to 26. ...


Thursday 10 January

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Wednesday 9 January

More articles for download

We've uploaded 300 more articles from past editions of WW; we'll have another 200 to add soon, so keep checking back.

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See the full list of what's available for download.

Richard Fairhurst  | 5.51pm | add a comment


Today's news from the web

  • Botched Boat Salvage Operation A Farce Says Onlooker bridgwatermercury.co.uk

    "A COMEDY of errors" is how one onlooker described attempts to pull an abandoned boat from water at Bridgwater docks today (Wednesday). ...

  • Renaissance on the waterfront thisislondon.co.uk

    The renaissance of London's waterways is chronicled in a new exhibition opening tonight. The show, a joint project run by New London Architecture and British Waterways London, features almost 50 new projects transforming the rivers and canals of the capital. ...

  • Leeds boat bus to launch yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk

    Plans for a waterbus to ferry commuters and tourists across Leeds city centre are surging ahead. ...

  • Canal site will be transformed by £3m project islingtongazette.co.uk

    Plans to provide better public access to historic City Road Basin on the Regent's Canal in Islington have taken a major step forward. ...

  • Manchester resource park set for public inquiry letsrecycle.com

    Plans to build a huge resource recovery park on the Manchester ship canal are set to face fierce objections when they go before a public inquiry in March. ...


Tuesday 8 January

Challenger Syndicateships ceases trading

Long-established shared ownership firm Challenger Syndicateships has entered administration.

The company administered one of the largest such operations on the canals, as well as a hire-fleet ("Challenger Stealth Hire"), and shared ownership ventures for sea-going boats and even sports cars.

It was run by Ed Rimmer, who first made his name at the Black Prince company. It, too, went into administration before being rescued by a new set of owners. Latterly he was also a member of the British Marine Federation board, helping to organise the inland feature at next week's London Boat Show.

Richard Fairhurst  | 11.20am | 3 comments


Today's news from the web

  • Hooray And Up She Rises bromsgroveadvertiser.co.uk

    A boat built in Hanbury took to the skies as it was prepared to represent the area at London's boat show. ...


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