Atlas and Malus – our historic working boats

Have you handled a 70 foot historic narrow boat towing a butty?   If not, would you like to learn?

Atlas and Malus at the Black Country Museum

Atlas and Malus at the Black Country Museum

Atlas & Malus are two 1930’s work boats that are owned jointly by Coombeswood Canal Trust (CCT) and the BCN Society. They are kept at Coombeswood & taken care of by a group of members from both groups.  We welcome more volunteers to help with these boats.
We welcome helmsmen, help with maintenance, and crew  to help with locks and general duties with moving the boats and helping with general maintenance jobs.  If you don’t have experience, we will train you.
Imagine the feeling you would get helping with 140 ft of boat along the canals or rivers of the system.  Give it a try, even just once!  You never know you might get hooked!!

Atlas and Malus on the North Stratford - the rain has just stopped!

Atlas and Malus on the North Stratford – June 2014

Can you help us show off these wonderful boats to the rest of the world?

If you are interested in historic boats and the canal system, but don’t want to get involved in the boat handling, then join us at the festivals and rallies around the West Midlands to meet the public.

It can take as much or as little of your time as you like.   All we ask of volunteers is to to turn up when you say you will.

If you are interested or know someone who might be, contact Paul Smith via the contacts page.

To help on the boats you must be a member of either the BCNS or CCT.

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