Sunday, September 12, 2010

BW tug Burland - for sale
K&A work boats in BW sell off

By Bob Naylor

British Waterways is selling off work boats that are no longer needed — among them are three that have given good service on the Kennet & Avon Canal over the years.

The 40 redundant workboats along with surplus boat engines and bank maintenance equipment are to be sold off in an online auction that finishes on 29 September 2010. 

Stephen Hames, the BW engineer in charge of the sale said, "We are selling off craft that we no longer need. These old workboats add colour and character to our waterways and we hope to find new owners who will keep them afloat for years to come."
Whimbrel a 19ft x 6ft tug                                Picture by Bob Naylor

The three boats that are going from the Kennet & Avon Canal are Burland, a 24ft x 6ft 8ins tug, that was used on the River Avon and the canal in the Bath area for many years.  Another tug, Whimbrel, 19ft x 6ft, from the eastern end of the K&A and a 40ft x 13ft 6ins motorised dredger called D16, that last saw service in the Burghfield area.

Bidding begins on 20 September and closes on 29 September 2010.
The lots can be seen at: 
D16 a 40ft x 13ft 6ins motorised dredger        Picture by Bob Naylor
And they can be viewed between 20–28 September by appointment with the GoIndustry DoveBid Birmingham office. 
For for more information contact Tom Hutchinson Tel: 0121 236 2880, Mob:07774 652 425 or

Note: These are library pictures and should not be taken as an indication of the present state of the boats.

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