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Keay's Boatyard, Walsall

Inland waterways, Compilation No.16

Mixing tar for oakum caulkingBackground

For over fifty years, until 1984, wooden narrowboats were built at the boatyard of Peter Keay & Son beside the Wyrley and Essington canal near Walsall. This compilation contains uncut low-quality VHS footage shot in 1979 - three years before the foundation of I.A.Recordings, when we were still experimenting with techniques.

The stern of the wooden tug to be caulked

Although the technical quality of these 'juvenilia' is very low, the recording is a rare glimpse of a vanished trade. It features views of wooden and steel boats on the slips and in the sheds, the mixing of horse dung and tar for caulking a newly constructed wooden tug and a boatbuilder's reminiscences.

A steam chest for preparing timber


  • This recording has no commentary.
  • NGR: 139 SK 007 002
  • £ 6.95 - DVD
  • Running Time: 20 mins.
  • Recorded 1979
  • Price includes worldwide delivery.
  • Low quality uncut material

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