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Historic Boats this weekend

26th July 2023 @ 6:06am – by Webteam
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Saturday/Sunday July 29th/30th

Historic boats gather at Audlem Wharf

This event is now one of the most popular gatherings of historic ex-working boats in Britain, having started in 2009 (although it was not held in 2020 and 2021 due to Covid). We will have at least 30 narrow boats, dating from the 1900s through to 1962. Some are restored to their original carrying condition, but others are converted with cabins for living or holidaying on. The boats will stretch from the main road bridge to the bottom of the flight of locks.

At the canal wharf you will see Saturn, a 1906 Shropshire Union Canal fly boat, which often worked from Audlem, carrying cheeses and other goods loaded from the canal warehouse (now the Shroppie Fly pub). Fly boats were timetabled to work round the clock, with horses regularly changed along the route, and crews less frequently!

The event is free to attend. Please do not try to park at the canal wharf, as there is no public parking, but use the field by the canal bridge, just by the A529 turn to Market Drayton.

Hosted by Audlem Mill

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