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Monday 19 May

Today's news from the web

  • 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. ...


Thursday 8 May

Today's news from the web

  • Stroud council asks Huddersfield restorers for advice thisisgloucestershire.co.uk

    Over the past couple of months Stroud District Council has been working behind the scenes to evaluate the future of the Cotswold Canals project....

  • BW launches new eco-friendly facilities in Lincoln waterscape.com

    British Waterways is officially launching a recently completed project in Lincoln that aims to improve visitor access and provide state of the art, environmentally friendly customer service facilities. ...

  • A boat bothered by safety rules shstar.co.uk

    It WAS a case of health and safety gone mad when “bin day” took on a whole new meaning for volunteers from the Surrey and Hampshire Canal Society. ...


Tuesday 6 May

Today's news from the web

  • Tug boat event at Black Country Living Museum - Birmingham Mail birminghammail.net

    A COLOURFUL cavalcade of historic working canal boats brought thousands of waterways enthusiasts flooding to the Black Country Living Museum. ...

  • Burnley Canal To Get £27,000 Upgrade burnleycitizen.co.uk

    Another stretch of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal is to be given a new lease of life. Waterways chiefs have announced that the canal through Hapton will benefit from a partnership project promising major improvements to the tow-path and embankments. ...

  • Campaign to stop wildlife drowning thestar.co.uk

    A CAMPAIGN to prevent animals from drowning in canals near Doncaster has resulted in special measures to help save them from a watery grave. ...


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