Read the story of how the Canal & River Trust came to be
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If you're thinking of getting in touch then please take a moment to look through these pages as we probably have the answer on our website
Planning & design
All you need to know about planning and design on our canals and rivers
Find a winter mooring
Find a cosy section of canal to hunker down in this winter
10 reasons to take up canoeing
It's a great way to get fit and explore our waterways at the same time
Share the Space
Take a look at our common sense guide to sharing the towpath
Find a place to fish
From reservoirs to club-managed canals and river stretches - find your nearest place to fish
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Find a walk near you
Are you ready to ramble? Find a waterside stroll or a satisfying hike along our beautiful canals and rivers
Take a look at our upcoming events here.
Find your favourite waterway
With over 95 canals, rivers, reservoirs, docks and navigations, find out more about your favourite waterway
Something for everyone
Help us make a difference and have fun along the way. Find your perfect volunteer role today
Join our team
Could you join your local Towpath Taskforce team and help us to keep our canals looking lovely?
Desmond Family Canoe Trail
If you're aged 16-25 and would like to get involved with this exciting project, please get in touch
Could you be a volunteer lock keeper?
Find out what's involved with this popular volunteering opportunity
Why we think canals are better with Friends
Become a Friend of the Canal & River Trust today and you’ll open yourself up to new experiences and endless opportunities.
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
George is a rare survivor of the early 20th century waterways. One of the last remaining wooden horse-drawn ‘short’ boats from the Leeds and Liverpool canal, George was rescued by museum volunteers in 1973. They raised the £60 needed to buy her by selling waste paper. This is her story...
The ‘short’ boats as they were known were specially built to allow them to use the smaller than usual locks on that canal.
Extensive research revealed she had been built in 1910 in Wigan and was probably a coal carrier pulled by horse or steam tug. She also carried sand and coke for steel works and in 1946 was bought by the National Coal Board carrying coal between Liverpool, Wigan and Leigh until the 1970s.
The vessel ended her working life on the Bridgewater Canal and her retirement saw her sadly abandoned and sunk at Worsley in Lancashire.
Lottery funding meant we were finally able to lift George out of the canal and take her on a low loader to a shipbuilder in Devon.
Where she was painstakingly reconstructed and restored.
George was repainted in her National Coal Board livery to tell the story of coal up until her last working days.
Now, she’s back. George is once again be travelling along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal retracing journeys she would have taken during her working life.
This time she's working as a floating educational and visitor centre. Look out for details of George’s journey and where you can hop aboard to rediscover this exciting chapter in canal’s history.
Taking the waterways as living inspiration, George will help school children (KS1 and KS2) to explore more about life aboard in the cramped conditions of a canal boat, local history in storytelling sessions, learn about rocks and fossils and explore the geography of the area.
Children can get their hands on objects created to transport them back in time to 1910, World War Two and the 1950s with our ‘object handling boxes’. And when it comes to tall tales, our team of trained volunteers are on board to take you back to George’s heyday.
During school holidays you’ll find George moored in Salthouse Dock in Liverpool, where she will be open for you to climb aboard and discover more. See our events page for dates.
Grab your costumes and clogs, then book a school trip by calling Sam Marine on 07469 378466 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Free fun fact file
George has her very on fun fact file for children of all ages to download
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Last date edited: 23 October 2017