George's Journey

George has now completed her voyage and is no longer bookings - but watch this space for future plans!


A visit to our outreach boat ‘George’ is a fantastic day out. She will act as a floating classroom for pupils, enabling them to take part in a morning or afternoon of history and science workshops, on board the boat and on the canal towpath. Discover the science behind the shapes of boats on the canal, and the geology of the most important cargo, coal. Find out what life was like on the canal for the people who lived and worked on board the boats.

More About George

George was built in 1910 and carried coal on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal all of her working life. She has been reconstructed to her current configuration by the National Waterways Museum so that she can be used as an educational resource.

Workshops & Activities

Science workshop 1: Staying Afloat!

Curriculum areas:

Floating and sinking, water resistance.

Discover how boats float and why streamlining is important. Have a go at making your own boat and see how much cargo it can hold.

Science workshop 2: Canal-side Time Travel – in conjunction with the National Coal Mining Museum for England

Curriculum areas:

Properties of materials, rocks and fossils.

Understand the formation of rocks and fossils in the earth. Find out the connection between canals and geology, and have a go at becoming a geologist by making and then discovering a fossil of your own!

The Project Coordinator will be able to advise which science workshops are appropriate for your year group. Workshops last 45 minutes each, and classes will take part in one history workshop and one science workshop per morning or afternoon of activities.

History Workshop 1: Mary Lawson's life on the canal 

Key Stage 1 students can travel back in time to find out about the life of one little girl called Mary Lawson, whose family worked on the Leeds &a Liverpool Canal. In this multisensory workshop children will have the opportunity to go inside the cabin, discover what food was eaten on the canal, and what it would have felt like to travel on a Leeds & Liverpool short boat. 

History workshop 2: Mapping the history of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Key stage 2 students will use historic map packs detailing the development of key areas alongside the Leeds & Liverpool Canal to discover how this important waterway shaped the local area.

History workshop 3: Object Handling boxes – Life on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, World War Two, Coal Mining

Loan our object handling boxes for a pre- or post-visit lesson to enhance learning from George.

Learning Resources

Download our activity sheets to accompany your visit to George:

Counting Canal Cargo for KS1

Counting Canal Cargo for KS2

Facilities & Accessibility

Morning sessions start at 9.45am and finish at 11.45am.

Afternoon sessions start at 12.30pm and finish at 2.30pm.

George is currently accessible via a set of steps. We will make all efforts to include every child on the boat; however there may be certain situations where a child is unable to get on board. On this occasion, we will be able to provide a photo book of the cabin and information about the boat for the child to look at. Please inform the Project Coordinator when booking about any mobility or access needs your class may have, and we will do our best to accomodate them.


George will be travelling from Leigh, Greater Manchester, to Liverpool, in the summer term and first half of the autumn term. We will be mooring in the following locations:

Leigh, Wigan, Appley Bridge, Parbold, Burscough, Lydiate, Litherland, Liverpool Docks.

Please email Sam Marine ( for more information about the dates and locations. We endeavour to provide adequate parking spaces at all of our mooring locations for school transport.


George's Journey is absolutely free to all pupils and staff.