Posted on Mar 02, 2019

At this Tuesday’s club meeting, Nelson Scott introduced Rotarians to narrowboat vacationing on the canals of England. These boats were built during the Industrial Revolution, and Nelson and his wife, June, embarked on a unique narrowboat adventure. After receiving a brief introduction to their 72-foot-long, seven-foot-wide narrowboat as well as an orientation to the operation of the locks they would be navigating through, they set out on a week-long journey on the Stourport Ring. This trip of about 90 miles included 10 tunnels and 118 locks, of which only three of the latter are manned. The boat itself was well equipped and provided comfortable accommodation for four people (up to six people is possible). Nelson said that narrowboats and locks are easy to operate. The trip offered contrast between urban settings—such as Birmingham—and tranquil countryside. Needless to say, many pubs were located along the route.