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30 October, 2006 - Published 16:32 GMT
Historic boat to be restored in Oxfordshire
Oxford historic boat
The boat sunk near Banbury in Oxfordshire ten years ago

An historic wooden canal boat, which sank ten years ago, is to be restored by schoolchildren in Oxfordshire. Listen to this report from Oxford:

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The project is being run by Tooley's Boatyard, which has operated by the Oxford canal since 1790 and is part of Banbury Museum.

The 1936 cargo-carrying "butty" boat will have its timbers preserved using traditional tools and techniques.

Matt Armitage, who runs the yard, said they had applied for Lottery funding for the project.

He told BBC News that they will restore it using 200-year-old techniques, steam-bending the planks and using all their old tools. All the metal parts will be made in their forge. And they would like to get all the schools involved and do demonstrations and courses on all the skills.

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run by
organised and led by

has operated by
has worked beside

transporting goods, not people

a barge or other craft towed by another

wooden beams used as the ribs of a ship

instruments, devices used to carry out mechanical work

manners or ways of doing something

applied for
formally requested

steam-bending the planks
forcing long flat straight pieces of timber into curves using steam power

a blacksmith's workshop

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