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Friday 7 September

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  • Royal barge Chartwell sold at a loss telegraph.co.uk

    The royal barge, the Spirit of Chartwell, which received a million pound makeover for the event, has been sold to a buyer in Portugal where it will be used for tourist trips. Its owner Philip Morrell said he had sold the vessel at a loss after being unable to reach agreement to sail along part of the Thames. The vessel's berth in Central London had also been lost because of the Olympics. He said: "I am sad she has gone but we faced difficulties which made it unviable to use her on the River Thames. Without revealing figures the boat has been sold for half what I paid for her"....

  • Floating homes plan fuels Regent’s Canal towpath war islingtontribune.com

    Canal campaigners in Islington warned of a new battle of the towpath this week over a plan to replace traditional visitor moorings with permanent luxury floating homes. The idea comes from the Canal and River Trust (formerly British Waterways) in an attempt to reduce anti-social behaviour along parts of the waterway close to Noel Road, at the Angel. Residents whose gardens back onto the towpath complain of smoke from boat engines pouring into their gardens and noisy generators disturbing the peace often at night. ...

  • Are Water Chariots going under? blogs.mirror.co.uk

    Water Chariots describe themselves as the "only way to guarantee" you'll get to the Olympics and Paralympics on time and without queueing. So Julia Morris, from Walthamstow, north London, bought tickets for her and her three-year-old son to travel to yesterday's athletics session in the Olympic Stadium by canal boat. But last week Water Chariots called to her warn the route was being changed for "security reasons" and did she want a refund or to re-book another trip?...


Tuesday 28 August

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  • Morris Lubricants develops special lubricant for MSC swing bridges shropshirelive.com

    A team of experts at a leading British lubricants company has come up with an environmentally friendly solution to keep transport on and off The Manchester Ship Canal running smoothly. Shrewsbury-based Morris Lubricants was challenged to develop a lubricating, water soluble and biodegradable product that wouldn’t freeze so that a series of swing bridges would continue working in all weather conditions. Following a year of use, the specially formulated Morris Terralus MSC product has been declared a big success....

  • Five people and a dog rescued as narrowboat sinks in Thames at Canary Wharf eastlondonadvertiser.co.uk

    Five people and a dog were rescued from the Thames, near Canary Wharf, minutes before a narrow boat started to sink. Police were called at 5.27pm last Friday (August 24), to reports of a narrow boat taking on water while trying to cross the river between Canary Wharf Pear, near Westferry Road, and Hilton Docklands Pear, near Rotherhithe Street. Police officers pulled three people from the water and two people were rescued by a London RIB Experience boat. A dog was also rescued by police officers. All five people, the woman who owns the boat and four men, were taken to an East London hospital as a precaution and were subsequently discharged, according to police. ...

  • BCN towpath 'stabbing' was failed lock-jump stunt bbc.co.uk

    A teenager who claimed to have been stabbed on a canal towpath has been fined after video revealed he injured himself in a failed stunt. The 19-year-old, who has not been named, told police he was stabbed in the chin with a knife and then thrown into a canal in Dudley on 17 May....


Friday 24 August

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  • Horse-drawn Ilkeston reach London canalrivertrust.org.uk

    Yesterday (23rd August) the historic narrowboat Ilkeston completed its 200 mile journey from the National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port to the London Canal Museum and our chairman, Tony Hales was on hand to help celebrate the last leg of the boat’s journey....


Monday 20 August

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  • Canal & River Trust appoints Navigation Advisory Group canalrivertrust.org.uk

    The Canal & River Trust has announced the appointments to the Navigation Advisory Group, which will provide expert advice about boating and navigation matters. Experts covering a wide range of boating interests have been appointed to sit on the Navigation Advisory Group, which will give practical advice on issues relating to navigation, waterway operations boat licensing and moorings. The group will operate with two sub-groups, one focussed on navigation and operational issues and the other on licencing and mooring....

  • Hand sanitisers are polluting world’s waters, study reveals scotsman.com

    A new study has revealed that people’s zest for hand-cleansing products is polluting the world’s waters. Scientists at Arizona State University warned that the multi-million pound industry 
in hand sanitisers is fuelling a rise in the use of personal care 
products, which end up filtering into lakes and rivers – 
causing potential harm to 
the environment, wildlife and people....

  • Leeds waterways: The quiet revolution yorkshirepost.co.uk

    Mike Marshall has dedicated the last 32 years of his life to caring for Leeds’s waterways. As maintenance manager with the Canal and River Trust, he has seen the region’s water network transformed from a source of embarrassment to a source of pride. The boom in the city’s riverside developments – and the image of affluence they now evoke – are just one sign of this change. And now the new homes that replaced rotting bankside warehouses don’t have to overlook the dirty waters which for so long cast a murky shadow over the city’s proud industrial past....

  • Floating forest sets sail on Birmingham canals sundaymercury.net

    Fifteen tonnes of trees are about to set sail in the Midlands for a bizarre arts project. The Rootless Forest will feature 100 alders and birches planted on a converted canal hopper which will travel along West Midland waterways for two months. As Birmingham is said to have more canals than Venice, it is expected that the floating foliage artwork will be widely viewed as it passes through the clean – and not so clean – parts of the network....

  • K&A canal trust launches £1m campaign to update HQ in Devizes thisiswiltshire.co.uk

    The Kennet and Avon Canal Trust is poised to launch a campaign to raise £1million to renovate and reorganise its headquarters building at Devizes Wharf. After many years of struggle and negotiation, the trust has a lease for the former warehouses beside the canal which house the trust’s visitor shop, museum and newly reopened café and is looking to spend many more years there....

  • How the Olympics will shape the future of east London guardian.co.uk

    With plans to build 8,000 new homes at the Olympic Park over the next two decades, Stratford's future depends on a sympathetic approach to regeneration…...


Monday 13 August

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  • Canal campaigner Max Sinclair up for award bromsgroveadvertiser.co.uk

    A popular canal enthusiast, whose 50 year campaign helped re-open Droitwich Spa’s waterway, has been shortlisted for a prestigious English Heritage award. Max Sinclair first began campaigning in 1959 and was responsible for founding the Droitwich Canals Trust in 1973. Together with partner organisations, his work mobilised thousands of volunteers and raised millions of pounds worth of funding to restore the canals, culminating in the reopening of the full navigation in 2011....


Friday 10 August

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  • Terry Darlington's literary adventure of a lifetime yorkshirepost.co.uk

    After a lifetime in business, Terry Darlington finally got round to his ‘purpose’ in life – writing. Darlington, now 76, ran his own business, successully, for many years, but there was always a nagging throught at the back of his mind. Ever since he was a boy and had pieces published in Punch and later went on to study at Oxford, he knew his true calling was to have his work published....


Wednesday 8 August

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  • Manchester to celebrate its grand canals menmedia.co.uk

    A floating garden, float-in movies and kayaking will come to Manchester city centre when it hosts its first canal festival. A series of events are planned over nine days to bring to life one of the region’s most historic waterways, the Rochdale Canal. Children will help kick off the celebrations on Saturday, August 18, in Piccadilly Basin, with a play day featuring giant snakes and ladders and a ball pool at the city’s new Cultural Olympiad installation, Atelier pop-up village....

  • Woman's Chester canal rescue drama chesterfirst.co.uk

    Firefighters from Chester rescued a woman who was injured when she fell into the city’s canal from her trapped narrowboat. The dramatic operation took place on Friday afternoon when the narrowboat became trapped in lock gates near Raymond Street at about noon. The back end of the craft was marooned on a ledge inside the lock. As the water began to recede the front end of the narrowboat went down, causing the vessel to become unbalanced and it turned on its side....


Friday 27 July

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  • Boat Show organisers want to hear from canal boaters rsmwebresearch.com

    Have you noticed how the London Boat Show in recent years has had a diminishing 'inland waterways' element? In fact this year's event was pretty much 'canal-free'. The British Marine Federation, the organisers of the London Boat Show, are aware of this, and want to hear from canal users - and narrowboaters especially - about what they expect from the Boat Show. A spokesman told us: "We are using our boat show database to find boaters but we’re in a bit of a pickle as our canal/narrowboat boater sample is low and we need a big enough sample to ensure it is represented well in our report. Entrants will be entered into a prize draw for an iPad." Click the headline to complete the survey before Tuesday 31st, the final deadline. ...


Tuesday 17 July

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  • Yellow Submarine-themed floating hotel opens in Liverpool's Albert Dock dailymail.co.uk

    Beatles fans have long flocked to the Fab Four's hometown of Liverpool, perhaps calling in at the Cavern Club, where they found fame, or visiting the childhood homes of Lennon and McCartney. But now there is a new must-see attraction, paying homage to one of the group's quirkiest and best-known songs, a yellow submarine. Fans looking for the full Beatles experience can book accommodation in the unusual hotel, which is painted to look like the vessel on the cover of their record Yellow Submarine, and floats on a mooring in Albert Dock. ...

  • Huddersfield Canal reservoir 'pro-swimming signs' welcomed examiner.co.uk

    British Waterways caused controversy last year by putting up notices telling people to keep out of Sparth Reservoir [on the Huddersfield Canal]. Swimmers have used the watercourse near Marsden for generations. But Kirklees Council looks set to pay £1,000 for two replacement signs encouraging people to use the reservoir responsibly....


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