Wednesday, June 07, 2023

Waterbourne Wednesday: Dry dock for canal boats

Hatton dry dock

Part way thorough the flight of locks at Hatton, and handy for the excellent cafe, is this dry-dock for narrow boats

The short arm can be dammed, and then drained to allow access to the bottom of the boat for barnacle scraping and re-blacking, both horrible jobs for the boat owner, or anyone they can pay to do the work!

Being outside, with no cover whatsoever, must limit the work that can be done. There's nothing in the way of fascilities either, so you take your wate from the canal (there is drinking water reaonably near) and electricity comes from a generator. 

For modeller, there's potential here for a simple, and interesting addition to a canal scene.

Hatton dry dock


Duncan Young said...


Anonymous said...

Do you get barnacles on a canal?