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News article created on 7 October 2016

Historic boat returns to the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port

A rare survivor of the early 20th Century waterways, the short boat 'George', has returned to the National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port. Now, for the first time in decades, visitors will be able to step aboard 'George', on Sunday 30 October.

George image courtesy of Wigan Archive Service

In 1973 'George' was rescued by museum volunteers who raised the £60 needed to buy her by selling waste paper. On Sunday museum visitors of all ages will connect with this unusual past as they help to create bunting from recycled paper. The bunting will be used to decorate 'George' as she travels along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal next year, retracing journeys she would have taken during her working life.

Visitors will be able to experience a little of what life was like in the cramped conditions for everyone on board this hard-working vessel. Meanwhile costumed interpreters in the Porters Row Cottages will recreate life in the Docks in the 1950s, evoking an era when 'George' was transporting her cargoes of coal around the north-west.

With Halloween just a day away the museum will also have special spooky trails, Halloween craft and story-telling sessions, and the historic slipway will be lit with pumpkin lanterns. An atmospheric day out is guaranteed!

The museum is open between 10am to 5pm.

Admission starts from £6.30 for adults and £4.50 for 6-15 year olds.

Under-fives come in for free and other tickets including annual passes are available.