The ‘joey’ boat Birchills is the last wooden day-boat to be constructed (1953) for use around the Birmingham and Black Country Canals. In recognition of this fact, Birchills was restored during the 1970s and is exhibited at the Black Country Living Museum. Still as built, the vessel is now the sole ‘unconverted’ survivor of the thousands of similar wooden boats that plied the canal trade from the 1770s.
The images below by Mike Anson show the recent return of Birchills from drydocking at Grendon to the Black Country Living Museum at Tipton, assisted by MHT Board Member Bernard Hales.
0895 Minworth Locks, Birmingham and Fazeley Canal.
0903 ) Farmers Bridge (13 locks), ascent to the Birmingham Level (453ft.)
0925 Brades staircase locks, Gower Branch, Sandwell up to the Wolverhampton Level (473 ft.)