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HNBC drops O

The Historic Narrow Boat Owners Club has dropped the ‘Owners’ part of its name. The club said that the requirement of members to actually own a historic boat was removed a few years ago, and the change reflects this.


Now called HNBC, the club was founded in 1966 as the Narrow Boat Owners Club, at a time when nearly all traditional narrow boats were ex-working boats. At the time, nearly all leisure boats were small cruisers, and the needs of these original ‘knights of the waterways’ were overlooked. ‘Historic’ was added in 1989, since by then their numbers were being overtaken by the modern form of narrowboat.


The club says it wants to draw in anybody who shares its aims, whether or not they actually own a narrowboat. The aims include the preservation and operation of traditional working boat, campaigning for waterways heritage, and training new people in the working practices of such boats, so that the skills are not lost. In particular the club wants to ensure that the waterways are properly navigable for all such full-length deep-drafted boats. “Because wherever they can go, anyone can go!”, is their mantra.  

Friday 23 March  | Andrew Denny  | 2.35pm, Friday 23 March 2012

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