We also have a base at Knowl Street which is home to our Heritage Boatyard. The site is run by volunteers and it is crucial to the future of wooden boats on the canal system. It’s a place where boats can be taken out of the water, stripped down and then carefully rebuilt for a new life serving the community. It’s a place where the necessary tools and skills can be preserved to keep wooden boats going into the future.
Future plans for this site include proper workshops, instead of rusty old containers we are currently use. We also have plans for an exhibition area and viewing platform so that the public can look at the work in progress on the boats.
The site is leased from Tameside Council who have been very generous. Since being here, Wooden Canal Boat Society volunteers have dug out to lower the whole boatyard by 2 metres to canal level, removing the foundations of a railway viaduct in the process. During 2011 – 2013 the Runcorn narrow boat “Hazel” was rebuilt here. Also, during 2014 – 2015 fitted out as a well-being boat.
Our volunteers are currently having a big sort out to clear the place of anything that’s not needed and we’re also facing threats from bureaucrats and possibly developers, so much help is needed. Cme and join us! This is a fantastic project.