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Coal Barges
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Two coal barges, belonging to the Wigan Coal & Iron company. KENDAL and JAMES. I don't know the location, but obviously somewhere on the Leeds Liverpool Canal.

Comment by: Mike Clarke on 21st March 2018 at 16:34

The photo is of the canal basin in Preston, on the Lancaster Canal. WC&ICo had several iron boats based on the canal, which was only connected to the L&LC by the tramway between Walton Summit and Preston. Coal could be delivered to the canal at Preston by rail, and transhipped into boats for onward delivery.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 21st March 2018 at 21:59

The registration plate for Preston is visible in the centre of the transome.

Comment by: michael Howie on 30th June 2018 at 16:30

The location is Kendal basin, the northernmost reach of the Lancaster Canal.

Comment by: Les Fazackerley on 16th January 2021 at 09:26

My Grandfather Richard Fazackerley, worked a Wigan coal & iron boat before WW1 carrying coal from Preston to Kendal power station. I think his boat was called EXPRESS. He was one of 11 sons I think most of his brothers worked on the canal, I believe 4 generations of my family worked on the Lancaster canal.

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