The Montgomery Canal - “80 years on.”
80 Years ago, saw the first conversion of a working narrow-boat and the formation of the IWA - Inland Waterways Association.
The narrow-boat “Cressy”, originally used to carry grain on the Montgomery Canal, was converted for leisure use in the dry dock at Frankton Locks.
1939 had seen her purchased by Tom Rolt for his epic journey around our decaying network of canals. The book of his journey “Narrow Boat” was first published in 1944 and inspired other enthusiasts to join him in the formation in 1946 of the Inland Waterways Association .
A plaque “Cressy” was unveiled at Frankton Locks on Saturday the 17th January 2009 by Sonia Rolt, his widow, a vice-president of the IWA.
The restored Shropshire Union fly-boat “Saturn” was also in attendance.