Digging the dirt on the Swansea
AN ISOLATED SURVIVING length of the abandoned Swansea Canal witnessed the rare sight of a dredger and hopper barges at work clearing silt out of the channel recently. Although aimed primarily at keeping the water flowing to maintain industrial water supplies to the Vale Inco metals company’s nickel works at Clydach, the work has had spin-off benefits for other canal users. Firstly it has helped the stocking of the canal with fish in connection with a project to establish a fishery for the Disabled Angling Society on the canal – the inset picture shows the fish already in the canal being stunned electrically for temporary relocation during dredging.
Secondly, it fits in with the Swansea Canal Society’s long-term aim to restore the canal to boats, and ultimately to connect it to the Neath and Tennant canals – see our feature, CB, August 2015.