THE hydrogen-fuelled narrowboat Ross Barlow, developed by Birmingham University, will undertake its first major canal cruise to arrive at the Tom Rolt Centenary Celebration Rally at Chester on June 26-27.
Before completing the final leg of the 120 mile journey from the Worcester and Birmingham Canal at Birmingham University to Chester, the Ross Barlow will be showcased at a special event at Tattenhall Marina near Chester on Saturday, June 19.
The boat will provide trips around the marina to demonstrate the silent electrically propelled system – the future means of clean, zero-emission canal and river boat propulsion using hydrogen as fuel.
The final seven miles to the rally at Tower Wharf, Chester, will be a charity pull by a pantomime horse and fun characters on Friday, June 25, in support of the Starlight Children’s Foundation for seriously and terminally ill children.
The charity pull will depict the evolution of boat propulsion from horse drawn through to steam, diesel and hydrogen.
This year sees the centenary of the birth of Tom Rolt in Chester, one of the ‘founding fathers’ of the Inland Waterways Association, who inspired the regeneration of the waterways for pleasure cruising.