© 2017 Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust
23rd - 24th September 2017
Organised jointly by Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust and Lichfield Cruising Club
Brief details of each boat is given in our souvenir brochure.
Some may be open for public viewing. Be sure to walk along the towpath on both sides of the canal.
In addition there will be at least 15 other private narrowboats moored up nearby.
What exactly is a narrowboat and a butty boat?
Narrowboat refers to the original working boats built in the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries for carrying goods on the narrow canals where locks and bridge holes would have a minimum width of 7 feet. The term now includes modern narrowboats used for recreation and as homes, whose design and dimensions replicate the old boats.
A butty boat is an unpowered boat traditionally with a larger rudder with (usually) a wooden tiller as the steering does not benefit from the force of water generated by the propeller. A few butty boats have been converted into powered narrowboats.