Pounds, puddles and stanks – we give you the second instalment of our glossary of words you're likely to hear on the waterways.
N to Z
A short length of canal with width room for only one narrowboat.
Shortened term for navigators; the workforce that built our canals in the 1700s.
A watertight canal wall, historically formed of timber and now commonly made with vertical sheets of steel, plastic or concrete, although timber is still also used.
The short stretch of water between two canal locks.
Puddle, Puddling, noun
A clay and water mixture used to line and seal the canal bed and sides.
A dam, usually composed of puddle clay, built across a canal to isolate a drained section of the waterway.
A curved bridge built across a canal to take the towpath from one side to the other. Canals were originally built for horse drawn boats and the bridges needed to be designed so the horse could cross easily without obstructing the tow rope.
Pronounced 'win-ding'; the process of turning a boat around, usually in a specified location where a canal has been widened, such as a winding hole. So named because the prevailing wind would assist the turning of the vessel.
Words: Abigail Whyte
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