Canal Boat - - Feature -

Hand-op­er­ated cranes were a fea­ture of many wharves where, as you would ex­pect, they were used to load cargo. They were also found at main­te­nance yards and, in the case of the Bridge­wa­ter Canal, they were in­stalled for lift­ing stop-planks into the canal when it was closed for en­gi­neer­ing work. Of­ten where the crane has dis­ap­peared, you can still see where it used to be from the cir­cu­lar stone base, or per­haps the iron pivot post has sur­vived. This one is at Fradley on the Trent & Mersey.

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