The UK’s canal system provided a nationwide transport network during the Industrial Revolution, but with the advent of the railways commercial canal traffic gradually diminished. By 1970 the long-distance transportation of goods such as coal, pottery, flour and sugar disappeared. On the British canal system anything wider than a narrowboat’s 7 foot can be referred to as a barge. Canal boats and narrowboats are easy to drive and offer a truly unique family holiday. I enjoyed painting this cruiser stern narrowboat on the Sharpness Canal, a leisure boat belonging to a friend of mine.

Acrylics on canvas Size 16 x 20 ins

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