TQ2681 : Boats on the Regents Canal, Paddington

taken 8 years ago, near to Paddington, Westminster, Great Britain

Boats on the Regents Canal, Paddington
Boats on the Regents Canal, Paddington
Regents Canal arm of the Grand Union Canal. Approaching Little Venice. In the distance the entrance to the Maida Hill Tunnel. Most of the boats on the canal are narrowboats.
Regent's Canal
The Regent's Canal is a nine-mile man-made stretch of water connecting the Grand Union Canal at Little Venice to the River Thames. The first section of the canal from Little Venice was opened in 1816 and the final section at Limehouse Basin in 1820. The canal has 13 sets of locks.
The Grand Union Canal
The Grand Union is a 137 mile (220km), 166 lock, 2 tunnel canal running between Brentford in London and Birmingham. It is the longest canal in Britain, and has 11 main arms and junctions. It takes over a week to navigate.

The Leicester arm branches off at Braunston and runs 66 miles long through 59 locks (including 2 staircase locks at Foxton) and 2 tunnels to Leicester where it continues into the River Soar.

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Narrowboats
A Narrowboat is a long thin boat, designed to fit the canals of England and Wales. They were 7 feet (2.1 metres) wide, and up to 70 feet (21 metres) in length, the maximum that will fit in a standard lock.

In the 18th century before the age of steam railways and the internal combustion engines, the canals were one of the key systems of transporting goods around the country. The boats were towed by a shire horse walking along the tow-path. Of course boats today are powered by diesel engines.

Most narrowboats today are used for holidays & leisure cruising, and some are used as homes.

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TQ2681, 1348 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Friday, 18 September, 2009   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 18 September, 2009
Geographical Context
Coastal  Sport, Leisure  Rivers, Streams, Drainage 
Primary Subject of Photo
Boat 
Category
Boats > Boats   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 262 819 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:31.3413N 0:10.8648W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 262 819
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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