Glossary


Aqueduct A bridge carrying a canal or a water supply channel.

Barge Flat bottomed boat for carrying cargoes .

Butty An unpowered narrow boat which is pulled behind another boat.

Canal An artificial (man-made) water way.

Cut A section of canal.

Cutting A large trench with sloping sides which is cut into a hillside.

Embankment A pile of earth and rock which is used to raise a canal above normal ground level.

Hoist A small crane which is used to move goods in and out of the hold of a boat or ship.

Hull The lower part of a ship or boat that is in contact with the water.

Lock A short section of a waterway with a gate at each end. The level of the water in the lock is changed to move boats up and down the canal.

Narrow boat Traditional long canal boat 21 metres long, 2 metres wide with a small cabin for the boat man and his family.

Navvies Short for ‘navigators’, the name given to labourers who built early canals by hand.

Paddle Moveable opening in a lock to allow water in or out, to adjust the level.

Paddle gear System of cogs, rods, etc. which opens the paddle.

Pile Lengths of wood, metal or concrete driven to the edge of a canal to protect its banks.

Pound lock A section of canal between two locks.

Rudder Flat wooden or metal board beneath the rear of the boat, which moves under the water to steer the vessel.

Sluices Water-channel for filling or emptying a lock.

Tow path A path along the side of a canal. Tow paths were originally used for the horses and people who pulled boat along the canal .

Tug A powerful boat used to push or pull unpowered barges.

Valve A device which is opened and closed to let water in and out of a lock.

Waterway A river or canal which is used for transport by ships and boats.

Windlass Handle shaped key needed to turn the paddle gear on a lock

 

 

 

 

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Ms. O'Neill's 5th class provided the information for this page.