Preservation of Narrowboats

The objects of the Trust are to advance the public education by engendering and fostering an awareness of the Chester Canal, its activities, heritage and environs, in local people and visitors by enabling people to crew heritage narrowboats: through the support of the use and preservation of heritage narrowboats.

For a number of years, the Trust endeavoured to develop this aspect of their work, with proposals for the purchase of a wooden hull narrowboat, the reconstruction of the living accommodation and the completion of the restoration of the wooden hull followed by the conversion of the cargo hold into a classroom complete with display materials, toilets and a galley. However, the Trust was unable to identify a suitable source of funding for this work and this project is therefore currently in abeyance.


Nevertheless, the Trust has been working with other groups, such as the Shropshire Union Flyboat Restoration Trust and the Historic Narrowboat Owners Association , who have historic boats that can be used for educational and other purposes. The Trust has also been active in work to restore the historic Taylor’s Boat Yard in Chester, which dates back to the 1850s and is probably the only Victorian working boatyard on the whole of canal system.