Not such a woeful Dane any more
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 nbhf.co.uk