Welcome to the HNBC

Random boat image The Historic Narrow Boat Club was formed in 1966 and is a not-for-profit club dedicated to preserving the working heritage of UK canals, from the boats themselves to details of the waterways on which they travel.  We are passionate about working boats, traditional skills, the built heritage, and the practices and courtesies of the working boat people.
We are an active pressure group for navigational and waterway heritage interests and we welcome all who support our aims, whether boat owners or not.  By supporting the Club, you are helping to ensure that the UK’s canals retain their unique heritage value.  

We campaign to ensure that the waterways system is navigable for full length, deep-drafted narrow boats - because where they can go, anyone can go!

We hope you enjoy exploring this website.

Marsh Volunteer Award 2014

Congratulations to Chris Leah, who volunteers at the Wooden Canal Boat Society and was named as the 2014 Marsh Volunteer Award winner, particularly for his work on the Hazel.  The announcement was made at the National Historic Ships Register's awards ceremony on 21 October 2014 on board HQS Wellington on London’s Victoria Embankment.

Well done Chris!