25th January  2015

The Chesterfield Canal Trust is delighted to announce that it has received another grant to restore its historic working boat Python. National Historic Ships UK has made an award of £1000 towards the cost of repairs to the hull.

Python is an 86 year old ex-British Waterways working boat. It is on the National Register of Historic Vessels. It was acquired by the Trust in 2009 and is used as a floating promotional vehicle at boat rallies across the canal system in the summer. In the winter, the Trust’s volunteers use it to help the Canal & River Trust with maintenance tasks on the Chesterfield Canal.

Python at Paul Barber’s boatyard.

Over a year ago, it sprung a leak. Upon detailed inspection, it was found that much of the hull was very seriously corroded and would need major repairs. Unfortunately, a bid for help to the Heritage Lottery Fund failed, but the Inland Waterways Association stepped in with a major grant just before Christmas. (Click here for details.)

Python has been stored at Paul Barber’s boatyard on the Erewash Canal for over a year. The crew is now busy preparing it for the repair work, which will take place in the summer. It is hoped that Python will return to the Chesterfield Canal in the autumn ready for its maintenance role.

The Chesterfield Canal Trust’s Jan Warsop said “We are very grateful to NHS UK for their generous grant. We are delighted that this well loved vessel can now receive the care and attention that she deserves. We can’t wait to get her back on the water, helping CRT and visiting boat rallies where she has many friends.”

Python in happier days at Derwent Mouth Lock.