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George's journey

Following her restoration George will shortly be returning to the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. Rather than carrying cargoes, George will offer a varied programme of activities and unique learning opportunities as part of a community outreach and education project.

George image courtesy of Wigan Archive Service

A lift carrying coal

George is one of the last remaining examples of an all wooden horse-drawn Leeds & Liverpool short boat, carrying coal between Liverpool, Wigan and Leigh until the 1970s. She has been painstakingly reconstructed so that this year she can once again travel the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.

George has been repainted in her National Coal Board livery to tell the story of coal up until her last working days.

Details of George’s journey and where you can hop aboard to rediscover this exciting chapter in canal’s history will follow soon.


Specific object handling boxes have been created to transport you back in time to 1910, World War Two and the 1950s. Our trained volunteers are able to facilitate a visit on board George to discover life carrying coal on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.

In the meantime to book an object handling box, a talk or a visit to George for your group accompanied by our trained volunteers please contact Samantha.Marine@canalrivertrust.org.uk


Last date edited: 22 August 2016