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DVD - Gunnels Under


Narrow boats used on British canals from the 1800s to recent times regularly carried loads of up to 25 and 30 tons. It was not uncommon for boats to hit underwater obstacles and to be holed below the water line.

In May 2007, the Black Country Living Museum kindly allowed the Sight Seen team to sink their wooden Joey boat BIRCHILLS in a place where she would lie with her gunnels below the surface. Here is an opportunity to watch the technique of raising her, using authentic equipment and skills.