ELSEWHERE ON THIS page you’ll see a review of a book which is definitely more likely to appeal to the slightly more – how do we put it without reference to unfashionable items of rainwear? – hardcore enthusiast end of the canal-loving spectrum.
But if you think the second volume of a pictorial record of every working and ex-working narrowboat in the country is verging on the nerdish side, you clearly haven’t come across Jeff Dwor of Port Colborne, where the Welland Canal meets the Canadian shore of Lake Erie.
Through his family-owned metal and marine salvage company, Jeff has acquired one of the world’s finest collections of… bollards.
Coming from shipyards all over the region, they range in weight from 540 to 1,125 kilograms, stand up to almost a metre tall and date back up to 80 years. Now he has a plan to display 30 of them along the canal towpath, complete with information plaques.
He firmly believes it will attract ‘tourists and boat nerds’.
The local council agrees, and is working with him on the idea. “This will be an attraction that no one else has”, says Jeff. Fair point…