Dane Travels Back to her Old Haunts

Over Easter 2017, Narrowboat Dane set out on her first journey since her restoration. We’d been looking for an opportunity to put Dane through her paces, so when we heard that the historic Shropshire Union fly-boat Saturn needed a tow to the Ellesmere Port Historic Boat Festival we jumped at the chance.

Built in 1906, Saturn is the last fly-boast of her kind still gracing the waterways of North West England. A beautiful craft, her task in the past was to deliver cheese and produce from the farms of Cheshire and Shropshire to the markets of the industrial towns.

Saturn was expertly restored by Malcolm Webster some ten years ago. Working with Malcolm at the time was master boatbuilder Ade Polglase, who masterminded the restoration of Dane in 2015/16. So it made perfect sense for Ade to lead the trial run. We’re delighted to report that despite some initial concerns Dane proved to be as reliable as she ever was in her previous life – and even the weather was exceptional.

‘It was the trip of a lifetime, really,’ says Ade Polglase. ‘They’re the best two canal boats in existence. You couldn’t buy a holiday like that!’

Dane has now been safely returned to Alvecote Marine by Narrowboat Heritage Foundation trustees Jumbo Barker and Kevin Rush, ready for final restoration – in time for appearances at a selection of summer shows, starting with Braunston.