News article created on 12 June 2017

Voyage for historic boat at Stoke Bruerne

Stoke Bruerne’s oldest floating resident has set off on its maiden voyage of 2017 after recently receiving important conservation work by us and the Friends of the Canal Museum.

Sculptor on Grand Union Canal

Built in 1935 Sculptor, is one of just a few historic working boats remaining on the Grand Union Canal and is moored just outside the Canal Museum. The boat is owned and cared for by us and is an important part of the collection at the museum as it is used to tell the story of the history of the waterways and how important the canals were during World War Two.

Stephanie Furniss, who works for us at the museum, said: "Sculptor is a really popular outside exhibit and it’s always lovely to see visitors showing an interest in her history and how she ended up being part of the collection at Stoke Bruerne. As well as the boat, we have lots of exciting things to see in the museum and it is well worth dropping in if you’re visiting Stoke Bruerne this summer."

Kathryn Dodington, from the Friends of the Canal Museum, said: "It’s lovely to be able to show off Sculptor to visitors to the waterways and boating enthusiasts and now, with her newly painted steel work, she is looking better than ever…not bad for 82 years old!"