River Canal Rescue loses offices in Staffordshire fire

31 October 2014

THE fire at Staffordshire-based SP Fireworks on Thursday, October 30 has gutted the offices of neighbouring business River Canal Rescue destroying all stock and membership documents.

RCR managing director Stephanie Horton was in the office at the time of the explosions, which blasted outside her front door. She managed to escape and was treated for the effects of smoke inhalation.

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Building work starts on new Lancaster Canal wharf homes

Building work starts on new Lancaster Canal wharf homes

31 October 2014

BUILDING work has started this week on a new waterside development of 14 family homes in the heart of Lancaster.

H2O, a partnership between the Canal & River Trust and niche property development company bloc, is bringing a new lease of life to a disused, historic canal wharf, Aldcliffe Yard, situated in a city centre conservation area off Aldcliffe Road.


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Top tips to guard against winter storms and floods

Top tips to guard against winter storms and floods

27 October 2014

AFTER a great summer for most, it’s perhaps easy to forget the carnage caused by last winter’s storms and floods, particularly to boats left afloat.
Online boat insurer,, has therefore issued a timely reminder with advice to help reduce the risks of sinking and damage:


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BCNS Bonfire Rally

31 October 2014

THE Birmingham Canal Navigations Society holds its 23rd annual bonfire rally this weekend, starting with the AGM on Friday October 31 at 7pm followed by Black Country entertainment..

On Saturday November 1, the bonfire and firework display will take place on the Engine Branch Canal next to the Smethwick Enterprise Centre off Rolfe Street B66 2AR. The fie will be lit at 7.30pm followed by the fireworks at 8pm.

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Whilton Marina: Checking a Stern Gear on a Hull Survey

23 September 2014

EACH month we bring you a video from Whilton Marina’s About Narrowboating channel on YouTube. There are currently 56 films covering everything from Blacking a Narrowboat to Different Types of Handrails. This video clip explains how a boat surveyor checks a stern gear on a hull when they are doing a survey.

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