Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Trip Boats

These are the Chichester Canal Trust trip boats, which seemed to be doing quite a good trade on Sunday afternoon. The narrowbeam is called Egremont, and the wide beam is Richmond. The Trust also has a little tug called Jupiter.

They're about the only powered craft you're likely to see on the canal (although Prunella Scales once said in an interview that she'd like to have her boat taken by road to Chichester, so she could "do" the canal). Only a couple miles are navigable, and that section isn't linked to anything. The trust's aim is to reconnect the canal to the sea, but it won't be easy. There are currently two road crossings blocking the canal, and a derelict lock would need to be brought back into use.

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