Rose and Joe Skinner sailed Friendship along this section of the Oxford Canal until 1959.  As the last horse drawn narrowboat carrying coal in Great Britain the boat is preserved at the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port.



Opened in 1778, the 77 miles of Oxford Canal was once part of a grand plan to link the Thames, Mersey, Trent and Severn and as such formed a direct link with London.  It became a major transport route bringing wealth and prosperity to the town of Banbury.



  1. The photo of Rose and Joe aboard Friendship is very nostalgic. A colleague is currently researching into canal art – and apparently the painting of the narrow boats is know colloquially as Van-Dyking. Primary colours are used to depict common themes of British roses and castles. I think a painting of a castle is just visible on the side of the boat.


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