The rise of Sab­rina

Canal Boat - - This Month -

LEG­END HAS IT that the River Sev­ern is named af­ter Sab­rina, who haunts the wa­ter­way af­ter meet­ing an un­for­tu­nate end.

Now a new Sab­rina has emerged af­ter a full restora­tion at the Na­tional Wa­ter­ways Museum in Glouces­ter. Built in 1944, for the Min­istry of War Trans­port, Sab­rina 5 was one of six barges used to carry car­gos of cop­per, zinc, steel, alu­minium and food from Avon­mouth up coun­try un­til the 1960s. Now, af­ter a full restora­tion cost­ing £350,000 in­clud­ing a £ 230,000 grant from the Heritage Lot­tery Fund Sab­rina 5 is be­gin­ning a new chap­ter as a fully equipped space for learn­ing, pri­vate hire and museum vis­i­tors.

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