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Photograph of Icebreaker Narrowboat

Photograph of Icebreaker Narrowboat

This picture was taken in 1895, it shows an icebreaker boat breaking through the ice at Dudley Port, Tipton junction by the Netherton Tunnel.

Icebreakers were used to break the ice of the canal networks during severe frosts to provide a safe route for other boats to travel.

At our Museum, we have two icebreaker boats on display, the ‘North Star’ which is a derelict wooden horse-drawn icebreaker built in 1868 and was used to clear a way through the ice when the canals were frozen. The other icebreaker ‘Ross’ is privately owned.

Year: 1895

Ref: 1978/006/001

Area: Dudley Port

Theme: Transport

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