SJ9398 : Hazel and Lilith

taken 3 years ago, near to Ashton-Under-Lyne, Tameside, Great Britain

Hazel and Lilith
Hazel and Lilith
Lilith and Hazel are two of the boats that have been restored by the Wooden Canal Boat Society LinkExternal link based at the Portland Basin, Ashton under Lyne.

For information on Lilith see: SJ9398 : Lilith at Portland Basin

Hazel started off under the name "Mull" having been built in 1914 at the Runcorn boatyard of Simpson Davies. She was used by her owners, Salt Union to carry coal to salt works in Northwich returning with salt and chemical products. In 1929 the boat was sold to Agnes Beech who changed the name to “Hazel” and used her to carry coal from Leigh to Northwich. In 1948 she became a crude pleasure boat providing holidays for scout groups etc.

“Hazel” was purchased by Mr & Mrs Dean in 1951. They fitted an engine and a comfortable full length cabin to make the boat into a travelling home. During the 1950s "Hazel" played a part in many of the campaigning boat rallies that helped to save the canal network from being closed.

During the 1960s 70s and 80s “Hazel” served a series of owners as a residential or pleasure boat. In 1988 Peter and Claire Stone donated the boat to the Wooden Canal Craft Trust (fore runner of the present Wooden Canal Boat Society).

The restoration work involves almost completely re-planking the hull, refurbishing the 1951 conversion and re-constructing the original back cabin. which will be fitted out as crew accommodation and the 1951 cabin will be equipped with disabled access. Hazel will then begin a new role providing waterway holidays for people recovering from stress, depression and other illnesses. She will be towed by motor boats, or possibly sometimes by horse.
Ashton Canal
The Ashton Canal runs eastwards from Manchester to Ashton under Lyne. It links the Huddersfield Narrow Canal and Peak Forest Canal with the Rochdale Canal and Bridgewater Canal and forms part of the "Cheshire Ring".

The original scheme was completed in 1796, running from a large basin behind what is now Piccadilly Station in Manchester, climbing gradually eastwards via 18 locks to Fairfield, Droylsden. From there one level section continued eastward to Whitelands Basin, Ashton under Lyne, while another arm headed north through what is now Daisy Nook, climbing another eight locks to Hollinwood, with a branch running east from Daisy Nook towards Park Bridge. A short arm from Portland Basin crossed the River Tame to Dukinfield. A year later an additional branch from Clayton to Stockport was opened.

The short link between Ashton Canal Basin at Piccadilly and the Rochdale Canal was not opened until 1800, when disputes about canal tolls and responsibility for paving the streets around the basins were resolved.

The Peak Forest Canal, opened in 1800, joined the Ashton Canal by way of the Dukinfield spur across the aqueduct over the Tame at Portland Basin.

The Hollinwood Branch Canal closed in sections between 1932 and 1961. The Stockport Branch Canal was closed in 1962.

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Date Taken
Saturday, 14 May, 2016   (more nearby)
Sunday, 22 May, 2016
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Date (from Tags)
1914  1929  1951  1988 
Person (from Tags)
Simpson Davies  Agnes Beech  Peter Stone  Claire Stone 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 9348 9845 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:28.9637N 2:5.9831W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 9347 9845
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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