Saturn offers a unique opportunity for pupils to experience the working environment and conditions of the canal boatmen of the Victorian era. The boat travels the canals of the North West and North Wales, her original working area, where she is very much part of the local history.

The Saturn Project has a number of volunteers, all very knowledgeable about the boat, the people who worked her and the canals she travelled. They will be on hand for your visit to show the children round the boat and answer their questions. A visit to Saturn makes a great focal point for history of waterways and historic transport projects.

We work with The Canal & River Trust education department and their Canal & River Explorers scheme which already has worksheets on various aspects of Saturn and her history.
We are happy to help if you wish to produce your own material.


Organising a Visit
Saturn travels the canals of the North West Midlands and North Wales from March to October. See the calendar below to get an idea of when she is going to be near your school. To book a visit contact Sue Yates on 07866 906987 or e-mail on  Sue will arrange time and place and volunteers.
The society can also help with your risk assessment.

Calendar 2017
April 14th- 17th Ellesmere Port
May 13th - 14th Trevor
June 16th - 18th Middlewich
June 25th Lymm
July 30th Audlem
September 2nd - 3rd Whitchurch
These are fixed events where Saturn will be on show but offer a good opportunity for local schools to visit. In between those dates the boat will be on the move from one venue to the next and will be available for visits from schools en route.

Learning Resources
The boat - Saturn is complete with the crew’s cabin, cargo hold and all the gear for horse towing and working the boat. She makes an excellent basis for a transport or social history project and links in to local history for those schools near the canal. Being on the canal system she will also tie in with geography or map studies. The decoration of the boat makes a colourful subject for art work and the life of the people who worked her a rich focus for creative writing.
The people – As well as the volunteers who can bring the boat and the working canals to life, we have others who can demonstrate the crafts associated with the boats such as decorative painting, ropework, lace making and rag rug making.
Partners – Click onto for information on other aspects of the canal system.



The Shropshire Union Fly Boat Project c/o 7 Rydal Drive, Hale Barns, Altrincham WA15 8TE