The Trust is not looking to make money from the sale of these old boats. They are looking for groups or organisations who will restore and maintain these unique boats from our industrial past.
At just over 71ft in length, Aires is one of the biggest boats on offer. Built-in 1935 by the Walker Brothers of Rickmansworth, Aires was given the fleet number 14 and was one of the Star class of boats operated by the Grand Union Canal Carrying Company.
One of the more unusual boats on offer is this ice breaker, something we wouldn't associate with the waterways of today. But when the movement of goods by water was vital, there was a need for sturdy little boats like this to keep the canals open in winter. This example is made of iron plate, now etched with rust after many years of service.
Time running out for some of these wooden hulls
For some, it may already be too late, but with interest already being expressed by a number of organisations, some of these examples of our canal history may well yet be restored.
It is something of a cliché to say, 'if only these walls could talk' but when you see the result of decades of use and hard work reflected in these wooden hulls, it's hard not to wonder what tales these old boats could tell!