VOLUNTEERS have been operating from the workboat Mersey clearing vegetation from the canal wash walls in Wigan, Greater Manchester, writes Colin Wareing.
The boat is a nearly new addition to the Canal & River Trust’s fleet and was built by Aqueduct Marina. It was collected by CRT volunteers in early October from the marina on the Middlewich branch of the Shropshire Union Canal.
It was taken back to the Leeds & Liverpool Canal along the Bridgewater Canal, raising a few eyebrows as to what it was doing on non-CRT waters.
Mersey follows on from a similar boat, named Tweed, also built by Aqueduct.