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Sale of craft to societies and Trusts

14th Mar 2012

British Waterways is planning to offer a number of ex-working boats for sale to waterway societies, partnerships and Trusts.

This follows a review of BW floating plant requirements, which identified a number of vessels which are no longer needed by their waterway or department. BW are currently considering if any of the craft can be used elsewhere in the organisation, or by our national contractors.

Once this has been determined, and before a public auction takes place, BW would like to offer the remaining vessels for sale to waterway societies, partnerships or Trusts.

Interested parties can view the full list of craft here and more information can be obtained by emailing

An expression of interest for any items needs to be made by email to Michael Carrington by 5pm on Wednesday 4th April. All expressions of interest will be treated on a first come first served basis.

Once an expression of interest has been agreed (subject to availability and acceptance), the item will be removed from the auction and the process of selling them to the purchaser will begin.

Any organisation purchasing craft will need to take over ownership of the vessel and should note that some of the craft are regarded as ‘life expired’ by BW for routine waterway maintenance works. Consequently, maintenance of these craft can run into several thousands of pounds each year.

BW will provide the information we have, but purchasers should also make their own enquiries.

Terms and conditions of sale

Any group expressing an interest must ensure they can comply with the following terms and conditions of sale;

• All craft are sold as seen with no guarantee.

• Craft may/will require works to bring them up to current Merchant Shipping regulations. The new owner will be responsible for its upkeep and compliance.

• The craft will require registering and licensing, at the new owners’ expense.

• The owner will be required to provide British Waterways with evidence of registered moorings for the craft.

• The craft must have all British Waterways identification marking removed. Re-painted in none BW corporate colours, and have all existing identification markers replaced with new ones, following completion of sale.

• All craft to be removed from British Waterways sites within 14 days, unless by written agreement.

IWA walk on the Trent & Mersey Canal

22 March 2012

Tunnel Top,  Northwich Road,  Dutton,  Runcorn,  Cheshire,  WA4 4JY

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Trent & Mersey Canal

Join the Inland Waterways Association for a walk along the Trent & Mersey Canal from Dutton.

The walk takes you over the top of Preston Brook Tunnel, along the canal towpath, through Longacre Wood and back via footpaths, bridle paths and lanes. The distance is about 3 miles.


Meet at Preston Brook Tunnel Top. Members and non-members welcome.Trent & Mersey Canal

This cross-country canal through the North Midlands offers excellent views over the Cheshire Plain and impressive engineering feats – including Harecastle Tunnel, the first of its kind.

The Trent & Mersey Canal was the most ambitious part of canal pioneer James Brindley’s plan to connect the principal rivers of England. Its importance was recognised by its early name of the ‘Grand Trunk’ Canal.

The canal was promoted by pottery producers such as Josiah Wedgwood, eager to abandon the rutted roads of the area for this new, smooth form of transport. Consequently, it runs through the heart of the Potteries, but also offers rural cruising through Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire.

The canal has also achieved fame through the Inspector Morse story, The Wench is Dead, reputedly based on the true story of a murder committed by 19th century boatmen working out of Preston Brook.

Big spawn count and crayfish survey

26 March 2012

Fens Pool Nature Reserve,  off Pensnett Road,  Dudley,  West Midlands,  DY5 4NE

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Stourbridge Canal

Volunteers needed to help with the annual survey of frogs and toads at Fens Pools, near the Stourbridge Canal. The day will also involve checking for invasive narrow-clawed crayfish.

Evening. To book and get details of meeting times, contact Canal

Although short, the five-mile Stourbridge Canal from Stourton Junction to the Dudley No. 1 Canal provides an essential line of access to the Birmingham Canal Navigations and offers a fascinating journey through the area’s glassmaking heritage.

Scenery varies from rural to industrial, though much of the latter is now gone. A short canal arm links the waterway with Stourbridge Town Centre. A glass-making cone, one of only a handful left in the world, lies alongside the flight of 16 locks leading to Brierley Hill.

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