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Thursday, 3 March 2011

Narrowboat Fun

I very much enjoyed watching BBC1's The Boat That Guy Built last night. Guy's narrowboat sailed along the Bridgewater Canal at Worsley, and travelled through our local engineering wonder, the Anderton Boat Lift. The programme explored the world of the industrial revolution. Guy tried to make some items for his boat completely from scratch - he built a blast furnace so he could cast an iron pot to brew some tea, and visited the Wedgwood factory to create his own china mug. Can't wait for the next episode!

Image: A narrowboat leaving the Anderton Boat Lift. © Sue Wilkes

Update June 2014: You can see some British Pathe clips of the Boat Lift in action herehere (it is the Anderton Lift, not locks as in the caption) and here. Many thanks to Jim Shead's website for these links. 

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