A narrowboat or narrow boat is a boat built to fit the narrow canals of the United Kingdom.
The term “narrow boat” refers to the original working boats built in the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries for carrying goods on the narrow canals where locks, tunnels and bridges, would have a minimum width of 7 feet (2.13 m). In fact some of the locks on the Shropshire Union are even smaller. The term is extended to modern “narrowboats” used for recreation and more and more as houseboats. On the wider canals ad rivers “widebeams” up to about 15 feet wide are popular.
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