Short boats on the L&L

Historical Profiles: NarrowBoat, Spring 2022

Christopher M Jones

Chris M. Jones reveals the background story behind four images of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Eight Brothers At the south-western Barrowford end of Foulridge Tunnel lies the transom stern short boat Eight Brothers, owned by J. Sharrock. It’s shown waiting for the next tow through the 1,640 yard long tunnel by the canal company’s steam tunnel tug. These timed tows were every two hours during weekdays. Eight Brothers shows the distinctive decoration associated with short boats, with its detailed scrolled panels and lining. The pitched roof dog kennel and water barrel are all profusely decorated and are topped off with ropework on the rudder head, which has been scrubbed white.…

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