4th May  2013

Ida, photo by Richard Allsopp

The first Cuckoo boat to be built for over 80 years is rapidly taking shape. Cuckoos were unique to the Chesterfield Canal and were horse drawn right to the end of commercial navigation in 1956.

The last Cuckoo on the canal, Ida, rotted away at Shireoaks Colliery Wharf in the 1970s.

Our volunteers have been working for over two years, using traditional methods and tools, to create this new masterpiece. What seemed an impossible dream to many of us, is now looking fantastic. The work involved has been mind-blowing. Try hammering 360 hand-made 9″ nails upwards!

It is hoped that the boat will be launched in the Autumn – watch this space.

We will have a Supporters’ Group Meeting at Shireoaks Marina, where New Dawn is being built, on Wednesday 10th July at 8 p.m. Having viewed the boat, we will then repair to the Hewitt Arms for refreshment and a full update of the story so far.

New Dawn on June 3rd, photo © John Lower