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Canal Ice Breaker

This boat was used on the local canals to break ice in winter. It is made of riveted iron and was referred to as a modern lightweight ice breaker. It was built in the late 1800s. Earlier ice boats were made of wood with iron plates nail on the outside.

It would be pulled along the canal by up to 20 horses, whilst a crew of up to 10 rocked the boat.

It was the wave caused by the rocking that di…