Not such a woe­ful Dane any more

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THE HIS­TORIC 70FT OAK and elm work­ing nar­row­boat Dane, cur­rently un­der­go­ing restora­tion at Alve­cote on the Coven­try Canal, is due to be re­launched at an event in the spring.

The project, which be­gan in 2013, is be­ing led by the Nar­row Boat Her­itage Foun­da­tion, which aims to bring a part of Bri­tain’s history back to life by res­cu­ing im­por­tant wooden work­ing nar­row­boats – and at the same time re-es­tab­lish­ing a dy­ing skills base among a young work­force that could play an im­por­tant role in fu­ture wooden re­builds.

Dane was built in Burslem for the Mersey Weaver & Ship Canal Car­ry­ing Com­pany, and reg­is­tered at Stoke-on-Trent in 1947. The restora­tion has re­quired a re­build of the keel­son, bot­tom plank­ing, some side-planks, stem post, gun­wales and cabin frame.

The foun­da­tion is cur­rently seek­ing fund­ing for a sec­ond restora­tion. Nar­row­boat Clee is in a poor con­di­tion, but re­tains the ma­jor­ity of her orig­i­nal planks and cabin – making her the per­fect unadul­ter­ated pat­tern for restora­tion to her orig­i­nal form. For more, visit

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