Canal Boat - - Feature -

A spe­cial­ity of the Birm­ing­ham Canal Nav­i­ga­tions, these pro­vided the Fire Brigade with ac­cess to canal wa­ter to re­plen­ish the tanks of their fire en­gines. Many of the bridges had high para­pets, so a door ( painted red for easy iden­ti­fi­ca­tion) was in­serted to make it eas­ier to get the hoses into the canal. Ini­tially in­stalled dur­ing the Sec­ond World War, they were also seen in some other cities in the past.

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