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Fact finding cruise makes history

VIP group on a fact-finding & familiarisation cruise

Stroud District Council’s Canal Manager Dave Marshall hosted a VIP group on a fact-finding and familiarisation cruise on board Cotswold Canals Trust Passenger Boat Perseverance on Friday 25th May. The 28ft long, 12 seat passenger boat carried the dignitaries from Wallbridge to Bowbridge and back.

Dave took the photo below on the outbound leg of the cruise.

The photo shows, left to right: CCT Crew-member Keith Jones, Cllr Mattie Ross, David Drew MP, Cllr Steve Robinson,
Cotswold Canals Trust Chair Jim White, SDC Chief Executive David Hagg and CCT Crew-member Bob Mulkerrin.

History is made

Below is a photographic record of the very last time a CCT passenger boat trip took place from Wallbridge to Bowbridge on 21st September 1986.
Photo, courtesy of Edwin Cuss & Mike Mills, from Stroudwater and Thames & Severn Canals from old Photographs Volume 1 on sale at CCT Visitor Centres.

Click here, or on the image, to purchase the book online

Perseverance was neatly turned at Bowbridge opposite Newland Homes’ recently completed canalside developmentReturning from Bowbridge
Dave Marshall debriefs the group at the conclusion of the cruise

Dave Marshall comments…

“It was really noticeable how much that stretch of the canal has naturalised in the short time since it was dredged.”One of the party pointed out that it’s hard to imagine you’re still in the middle of an urban area! I must say it was good to be on board on the furthest upstream journey that Perseverance has so far made on the Thames & Severn Canal. That made it another historic day in the life of the Cotswold Canals – and an experience other people can share over the long weekend of 26th to 28th May.

Recruiting crew

CCT Western Trip Boats Manager Rob Burgon, the lock operator for the day, points out, “We are actively recruiting additional crew members to crew boats on the restored sections of the waterway. Public Trips and Private Charter Bookings are increasing as the public seek to enjoy the results of all the hard work that has been put into the restoration.

“If anyone is inspired to join the team please mention your interest to a crew member during the coming weekend’s cruises. We can then arrange a familiarisation session at Ebley or Saul. Alternatively, call CCT Head Office on 01453 752 568 or send an email to

Click here to find out more about Cotswold Canals Trust Passenger Boat Operations