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The building of the Malthouse Pub beside the canal in Birmingham was accompanied by the placing of a small craft in Brewery Basin, adjacent. There it stays, but what was, or is, it? This craft has the appearance of a cut down narrowboat, but was this the case?

 

 

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It's difficult to tell the scale but, if those are normal-sized steps, it looks like a miniature.

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Yeah, it's a rigidly mounted art installation.  I thought it was a boat too, but @cheshire~rose told me it wasn't so I hopped the wall to have a closer look.

 

It's not even sat in the water sometimes!

 

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It was obviously put together by someone who had an idea of what a boat looked like - dolly studs, dog box, correctly placed chimney - or cut down from an existing boat?

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Canal Art, is a good explanation to a scale smaller than a normal boat. perhaps, but this appears too accurate and the questions of the hows and whys are a growing list. I do not recall reading anything about it, but seeing it one day in place.

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5 hours ago, TheBiscuits said:

Yeah, it's a rigidly mounted art installation.  I thought it was a boat too, but @cheshire~rose told me it wasn't so I hopped the wall to have a closer look.

 

It's not even sat in the water sometimes!

 

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Don't go bringing me into it - someone will accuse me of flogging off the cabin brass :) 

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If they'd kept the box it came in, it'd be worth a couple of bob by now.

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It's a BSO*

 

Richard

 

*Boat Shaped Object

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1 hour ago, mark99 said:

Looks  like Sickle........  ;)

No - far too practical compared to Sickle!

 

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I’m sure at one point this had a builders name on it and it was one of the more well known late 80’s-early 90’s builders.....maybe Doug Moore or Peter Nicholls?? I think there might even have been and article about it in waterways world. 

 

Its sadly lost lost some of its brasswork over the years too. 

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Is it scaled down? Sitting on a plinth, or what? Dummy chimney; wrong size; no collar - nothing within?

I'm surprised it hasn't been vandalised and painted on.

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39 minutes ago, Derek R. said:

Is it scaled down? Sitting on a plinth, or what? Dummy chimney; wrong size; no collar - nothing within?

I'm surprised it hasn't been vandalised and painted on.

Apart from the length, it seems to be a properly proportioned boat. The photographs are misleading

 

There should be enough clues in the work to identify the builder, that rain strip over the doors on the front of the cabin is distinctive. It's a shame the bow is concealed

 

Richard

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Given I just happen to be on the spot, I just walked round to have a close look at it.

 

I would say that it is full scale, just very short, and it does not look to be floating.  It is basically decoration.

 

Features like the rear hatch and gas locker are just welded in place to look appropriately correct and the swan neck has no diameter reduction for the tiller bar.

 

 

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It has Pinders style handrails on the roof

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It has the overal look of a classic EE Lady number.

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