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Barge Unpowered boat with a beam (width) of 14ft (4.26m), being pulled by either a horse, or small tractor.
Boat Powered boat with a beam (width) of less then 7ft (2.1m).
Butty (boat) Generally used to form a pair of boats with a butty.
Compensation Water Unpowered boat with a beam (width) of less then 7ft (2.1m).
Culvert A pipe or small brick arched tunnel to carry water under the canal
Dock Short branch of canal serving a factory/ factories or wharf / wharfs where goods can be transshipped.
Feeder Man made channel through which water is supplied to the canal by gravity or natural flow
Fly boat A boat working all day and night, originally using relays of horses and had priority over other boats at locks.
Gauging Method of ascertaining the weight of a cargo by measuring the boats depth in the water by means of the boats freeboard.
Locks Mostly made of a brick built chamber with gates at both ends, which allowed a boat to be raised or lowered from one canal level to another
Puddle Watertight lining of the canal. Made up of clay worked up with water to a smooth consistency and spread onto the bottom and sides of the canal.
Toll Price charged to a carrier for using the canal. This was one of the main sources of income for canal companies
Towpath Path alongside canal used by horses to tow the boats along.
Transshipped The movement of goods from one form of transport to another i.e. water to land and vice versa.
Weir Device built in the form of a dam or barrier which regulated the water level in the canal.
Wharf Built up section of canal bank to allow goods to be transshipped .