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By Mynett
This is quite a sad picture, with a happy ending.....

These old working boats were once an important part of out transportation system, carrying wares from town to town - city to city along our canal networks. They were worked by the Bargees, who had very hard lives up and down the canals, negotiating the locks and tunnels, open to the elements.

The wives and children often travelled along too, it was a way of life, Cliff's Grandfather and my great grandfather worked in this way, and one of Cliffs Grandfather's working boats has now been restored . The Saturn as it is known, is often on show at variaous times during the season, and Cliff's Dad had an input into the restoration from his memories on the boats with his dad.

These have now found a life and can be seen at the Black Country Museum, I like the way the lovely painted patterns remain, in the traditional way that narrow boats and barges are still painted today - yet they are now often just as a holiday home - a sample of a life now past.


Tags: Canal Transport Narrow boats Working boats

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CarolG Plus
11 199 20 Greece
12 Jan 2011 5:45PM
An excellent narrative, Linda, to complement the image, thank you. Carol
P.S. Thank you for the explanatory pm, hope you enjoy it!

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taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
12 Jan 2011 5:46PM
Wonderful--seems so nice to be part of a museum, a connection for you-- love this idea--

Someday, show us the restored boat!
Mynett Plus
9 142 6 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2011 5:47PM
Yes Jennn I will do that Smile

12 Jan 2011 5:51PM
great story love a happy ending as the pic really shows how they are forgoten.... fabulous shot
Alvar Plus
10 23 2 France
12 Jan 2011 5:57PM
Great Shot. Well done Linda
12 Jan 2011 5:58PM
it's amazing what can make a great shot, and this certainly is
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2011 6:10PM
love the colours and textures linda brilliant detail too a cracking capture nice one Wink
12 Jan 2011 6:15PM
I agree with jennnn cant wait ti see then restored
Thanks for the writeup
EAS Plus
8 1 13 Scotland
12 Jan 2011 6:26PM
So good to learn they are being rescued and restored. Enjoyed the write-up too.

wolfy Plus
14 36 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2011 6:32PM
Exellent words and lovely set Linda
danbrann Plus
13 636 17
12 Jan 2011 7:00PM
What an interesting story especially when you have those good images to go with it.
12 Jan 2011 7:00PM
Super write up Linda, love how you've captured these old boats, nice detail and colours.

DaveMead Plus
8 23 14 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2011 7:03PM
Great shots Linda and, as always, an interesting and informative write-up. Smile
12 Jan 2011 7:11PM
Wonderful write-up, Linda. So sad to see them just disintegrating there, (top images though) but great that there are others in a museum. Their painting and the folk who originally painted them were true artists. I love all 'barge painting' - on objects as well as boats.
Dave x
Suehh Plus
11 39 6 England
12 Jan 2011 7:15PM
Aww! What a lovely story Linda. Maybe there is hope for me then - being an old relic! Seriously, a lovely capture though wonderful detail and colour.

franken Plus
15 4.5k 4 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2011 7:33PM
Lovely colours and textures.

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1855 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2011 7:42PM
Love both of these, there's a whole way of life here. That's a museum that I want to visit some time.
jaktis Plus
14 84 Sweden
12 Jan 2011 7:42PM
Great texures, but a bit out of date

12 Jan 2011 7:53PM
'2' excellent captures of the 'vintage boat'>...LEx
Gezina Plus
11 3 6 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2011 8:30PM
I do like stories with happy endings - very well captured Linda - Ina
acousticmist 7 10 1 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2011 9:27PM
Two great shots, very well captured........Martin
you have captured the boats brilliantly Linda, love V2.
fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
12 Jan 2011 10:41PM
A well recorded scene of dilapidation.

tigertimb Plus
10 40 66 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2011 10:45PM
Lovely details of the slowly decaying boats and the muted colours fit well - do feel I'd like to see just a little more bottom and left though?
Mynett Plus
9 142 6 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2011 10:48PM
the original has another boat in the front of this one, it is just an ugly line of rusty metal so I cropped it out

Linda x thanks for the comments x
mikbee Plus
10 3 8 Scotland
12 Jan 2011 11:11PM
A good bit of grot and decay Linda,and nice to hear they think they are worth the restoration work.I wish they could do it more often with other relics off the past !!
Mavis Plus
15 143 2 England
12 Jan 2011 11:14PM
Glad these old relics are making a come-back Linda, will look forward to seeing them . At least you caught them before they departed altogether . Loved your narrative xx
12 Jan 2011 11:20PM
Two great shots, well captured and a very informative narration.
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
12 Jan 2011 11:50PM
A fascinating link to the family history, Linda, and so nice to hear that restoration and preservation has taken place for some. And so sad to see the decay that neglect can bring, so well depicted in this shot.
User_Removed 9 26 2 United States
13 Jan 2011 3:46AM
Marvellous nostalgic image and love the writeup.
13 Jan 2011 3:49AM
enjoyed the write up .. thanks for sharing that.. adds to a already terrific image (s)
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 13 Canada
13 Jan 2011 3:56AM
Two great images. So sad to see these old boats being neglected. My neighbour at home planted flowers in one of his old boats. It looks beautiful in the summer..............Sandy
13 Jan 2011 8:11AM
A very nice piece of history restored and hopefully kept for ever, my ancestors were catle dealers and butchers in the black country..poor things were eaten...perhaps there are a few car seats knockin about (in a funny mood this morning lol) Geoff x
13 Jan 2011 8:28AM
Sad to see things like this decay - A good restoration project

Quote:An excellent narrative, Linda, to complement the image, thank you. Carol

I agree
DeSilver Plus
10 14 12 England
13 Jan 2011 10:31AM
Great image showing so well the how things are lost to us if someone does not care.
The narrative is so well written and gives an in site into the restoration of these wonderful boats and people who travelled the motorways of their day. Smile

13 Jan 2011 11:09AM
Two superb images, fabulous detail and colours, I am so glad they are restoring these wonderful barges, great write up too.

13 Jan 2011 11:38AM
I love the happy end story - the images are full in details - great texture in the first picture

13 Jan 2011 1:06PM
Hi Linda.
Good shots and what a nice interesting write up.
This is something i can relate to as my mother and father inlaw are both boat people and have been for years, my ma inlaw is also quiet an artist, she does the kind of barge and canalware painting you were referring to, i think she calls her style "knobstick" dont know if you have heard of it?
She travels up and down the country painting boats and doing canal related shows she was even featured on country file! (her claim to fame) lol.
I have uploaded some shots of their boat before see
I'm glad you shared this as it has reminded me of the photos i have of some of her work which i will upload on here soon.
Great stuff Smile
SlowSong Plus
9 7.2k 30 England
13 Jan 2011 2:27PM
One of my fave sorts of holidays, and you see lots of derelict boats along the way. Nice shot.
13 Jan 2011 3:40PM
Two fantastic shot, Linda, superbly captured and thanks for the information.
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
13 Jan 2011 3:45PM
Two excellent images, Linda, V1 showing some lovely tones & textures in the derelict boat at the front, and nice to see the wider view in V2. It's always nice to read some info about what we're looking at I think, and you've given us a very interesting write-up here.
TrevB Smile
Nice work Linda
13 Jan 2011 7:02PM
Wonderful capture and interesting text .
gary_d Plus
10 576 13 Wales
13 Jan 2011 8:22PM
V2 for me I just love reflections. - gary
NeilWigan Plus
7 17 16 England
14 Jan 2011 11:25PM
Glostopcat Plus
11 255 2 England
16 Jan 2011 9:02PM
Glad to hear that these have been restored to their former glory, there are a number similar to these that have been restored at the National Waterways museum at Gloucester docks

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