Narrowboats :: Shared Description

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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SU8053 : Basingstoke Canal - narrowboat by N Chadwick
NT0772 : Port Buchan by Anne Burgess
TQ1783 : Narrowboats, Grand Union Canal by N Chadwick
TQ2681 : Canalway Cavalcade 2012 Little Venice by PAUL FARMER
NT2372 : Narrowboat on the Union Canal by Anne Burgess
NT2472 : The Four Sisters Boatel by N Chadwick
TQ5946 : Narrowboat, River Medway by N Chadwick
SU6269 : One Way, Kennet & Avon Canal by N Chadwick
SU9949 : Narrow boat on River Wey by Paul Gillett
TQ1384 : Narrowboats under a weeping willow by N Chadwick
TQ3583 : Regents Canal - narrowboat by N Chadwick
TQ3488 : Narrowboats on Lee Navigation by PAUL FARMER
NS9876 : Problem! by Anne Burgess
SU4667 : Kennet and Avon Canal, Newbury by Robin Drayton
TQ7353 : Narrowboat at East Farleigh by Paul Gillett
SU8955 : Narrowboat, Basingstoke Canal by N Chadwick
TQ3695 : Narrowboats at Ponders End by N Chadwick
TQ1384 : Narrowboats, Grand Union Canal by N Chadwick
TQ3590 : Narrowboats, Lea Navigation by N Chadwick
TQ5846 : Narrowboat, River Medway by N Chadwick
TQ7557 : Narrowboats moored on the Medway by N Chadwick
SU4867 : Iona, Kennet and Avon Canal by N Chadwick
NT0076 : Canal Centre and Narrowboats by Anne Burgess
TQ2382 : Grand Union Canal, Kensal Town by Malc McDonald
TQ3586 : Narrowboat, Lea Navigation by N Chadwick

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Created: Sat, 21 Nov 2009, Updated: Sat, 26 Feb 2011

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