Saturn is the last surviving wooden Shropshire Union “Fly-boat”, built in Chester in 1906. Her job was to rush cheese and produce, fresh from the farms of Cheshire and Shropshire, to the markets of the industrial towns and cities, running 24 hours, day & night.
Saturn has been expertly restored to again grace the canals of North West England, a beautiful and unique craft, and still sometimes pulled along by a horse!
Saturn is real canal heritage on the move, on her way to a school or waterways event near to you!
On the 13th September Saturn was towed by boat horse 'Cracker' from Frankton Locks to Maesbury on the Montgomery Canal.
The express delivery service of their day!
Fly-boats had fine lines to slide easily thorough water.
The fly-boat boatmen were a specially selected elite, working around the clock.
The horses were specially picked too, and changed for fresh ones every few hours.
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Saturn has been restored to be seen and enjoyed.
Schools can arrange visits when children can explore Saturn and our friendly volunteers will explain about her history.
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Canal events. Saturn visits canal rallies and events across North West canals from March to October each year.More about Canal events