And Fi­nally....

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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…

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