Explore our Waterways Past - Working Boats

The canals were built for boats to carry all kinds of cargoes - eg coal, cheese, grain and beer - all over the country.

Whole families would live on boats, sharing a tiny space in the ‘back cabin’.

In the days before diesel engines they were pulled by horses or mules. Many of these working boats are still on the canals so look out for them.

Download PDF activitiy sheets for kids:

Download 'Explore our Waterways Past Dock' PDF (677KB)


Download and print working boat activities PDF (560KB)

Download and print working boat history PDF (560KB)

See also

Download Dudley Canal Trust's Working Afloat Activity Pack.

WOW Safety

Always remember to
stay SAFE near water -
Stay Away From the Edge

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