- Edinburgh Canal Society
The Edinburgh Canal Society is a charitable
canalsociety on the Union Canal in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Society's main base is Ashley Terrace Boathouseat Lockhart Bridge, near Harrison Park in the Polwarth area of Edinburgh.
The society was founded in 1985 and is a founder member of the
Scottish Inland Waterways Association.
In partnership with the
Forth Canoe Club, the Linlithgow Union Canal Society, the Bridge 19-40 Canal Society, the Seagull Trustand other canal societies on the Scottish Lowland Canals, Edinburgh Canal Society campaigned for many years to have the Union Canal rebuilt, refurbished and re-opened.
The culmination of the campaign was the joining of the Union Canal and the
Forth & Clyde Canalby way of the Falkirk Wheel. Edinburgh Canal Society was one of the official Millennium LinkProject Partners.
Boats and Boathouse
The society owns two wooden historical launches with Kelvin engines; the original launch had sunk in the early 1990s in
Fisherrowharbour at Musselburghafter a violent storm. A society member happened to be passing just as the disposal lorry arrived, and the vessel was rescued. In 1999, she was removed to Mackay's boatyardin Arbroath, with help from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The same boatyard had earlier restored Robert Scott's RRS Discoveryin Dundee. Obtaining the correct Kelvin engine at first seemed impossible, but by another chance encounter, a Kelvin E2 engine was obtained from a warehouse in Kuwait. A replica launch was built to meet the demand for more boat trips in both directions of the Union Canal. The society also owns a fleet of wooden rowing boats for hire or charter.
boathouseis one of a large range of iconicbuildings and structures on the Scottish Lowland Canals. It was sited originally where the University Rowing Club's boathouse is at present. In 1987 the boathouse was dismantled and rebuilt in modified form at its present site, and it is due for refurbishment in 2008 or 2009.
In 2008, the Boathouse and one of the rowing boats were a filming location for a creative documentary, commissioned in Ireland and named "An Paísti Beo Bocht", about the life of
Patrick MacGill, the Irish journalist, authorand poet, nicknamed "The Navvy Poet" due to his earlier occupation as navvyon the canals.
Journeys and Rallies
* 17 May 2001 Kelvin's first trip beneath
Forth Bridgefrom Port Edgar
* 24 May 2001 Port Edgar to
CarronSea Lock, Opening of Forth & Clyde Canal
* 25 May 2001 Carron Sea Lock to Lock 15
* 26 May 2001
* 27 May 2001 Auchinstarry to
* 28 May 2001 Temple to
* 25 August 2001
Wester Hailesto LeamingtonBridge; Formal Opening of Wester Hailes section of Union Canal
* 20 May 2002 Harrison Park to
Falkirk Wheelfor Official Opening by HM The Queenon 20 May2002.
* 2 October 2002 Wester Hailes Gala Day
* 28 March Formal opening of Speir's Wharf
* 1 and 2 April 2003
Glasgowto Falkirk Wheel to Linlithgow
* 17 to 23 April 2003 Leamington Bridge via Falkirk Wheel, Glasgow (Speir's Wharf), Bowling Basin,
River Clyde, Carron Sea Lock, to Port Edgar via Inverkeithing.
* 23 May and 13 August 2003
Harrison Parkto FalkirkTop Lock
* 25 Sept. 2003
World Canals Conference, Wester Hailes
* 23 March 2004 Falkirk Wheel Lower Basin to Carron Sea Lock
* 4-6 April 2004
KincardinePier to Craigforth Weir, Stirlingto Carron Sea Lock
* 16 April 2004
Falkirkto Ratho, Edinburgh
* 1 May 2004 Kelvin TWO launched at MacLean's Yard,
* 18 to 30 May 2004
Lancaster Canalvia Preston, Bilsborrow, Garstang, Galgate, Hest Bank, Glasson Dock, Lancaster, Bolton-le-Sands, Carnforthand Tewitfield.
* 28-30 May 2004 Kelvin Rally,
Shardlow, Trent & Mersey Canal
* 15 June 2004 Ratho
* 9 Aug 2004 Kelvin 1 and Kelvin 2 at
* 22 March 2005
Edinburgh QuayOfficial Opening
* 22 May 2006 Falkirk Top Lock to Harrison Park
* Start of regular Sunday Shuttles from ECS
boathouseto Edinburgh Quayand return
* [http://www.edinburghcanalsociety.btik.com/home.ikml Official Website of Edinburgh Canal Society]
* [http://www.kelvindiesels.co.uk Kelvin Diesel Engines]
* [http://www.edinburghoutlook.co.uk/article.php?article_id=180 City of Edinburgh Council publication, ref. to ECS on the Union Canal]
* [http://www.waterscape.com/services-directory/4414/edinburgh-canal-society Official entry on waterscape.com]
* [http://heritage.scotsman.com/historic-sites/Water-way-to-celebrate-the.3328158.jp Article in The Scotsman on 2007 Canal Week]
* [http://www.zazoucruises.co.uk/documents/zazou_brochure_feb_2008.pdf Zazou Cruises]
"Adrift in Caledonia", by Nick Thorpe; publ. Little, Brown, ISBN-10 0316726885
Areas of Edinburgh
World Canals Conference
Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator
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