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The Wyvern Shipping Co. Ltd


Company History The Wyvern Shipping Company Limited


was founded in 1953 as a cargo carrying company with three pairs of narrow boats. These boats mainly carried coal from the Coventry coal fields to London and returned with timber to Birmingham. Times were changing and by 1956 canal


holidays were the future trade with former cargo boats being converted to luxury holiday boats. The Company has been run by the Griffin


family since 1961 and is now operated by James & John Griffin, with their dedicated and skilled labour force. All our boats have been built in the


Wyvern workshops to the highest standard of luxury and safety. To ensure a clean and reliable boat for


your holiday we employ an experienced team of cleaners and service engineers. All sheets, duvets, pillowcases and blankets are washed by our local laundry service. Over the past 50 years many thousands of


customers have found the fastest way of slowing down is to have a relaxing holiday on a Wyvern boat. Indeed last year in excess of 70% of our trade came from previous clients and their recommendations.


Canal Cruising This is a holiday designed for every


member of the family. A holiday that brings the English


countryside alive with the excitement and adventure of boating. It offers a real change from everyday


routine and brings one in touch with a new unsuspected England remote from main roads and railways, free from crowded and noisy roads, peaceful, pleasant and unspoilt. Canals are unique in many ways. Since


their construction in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries they have mellowed and matured into a heritage of beauty, framed by every bridge and changing at every bend.


Working boat ‘Heather Bell’ with butty ‘Elizabeth’ circa 1954. Another intriguing feature of canals is


that they travel along the side of hills and sometimes over the top, giving the boater a superb view of the surrounding countryside. You can moor anywhere out of the way of


passing boats.


Locks A series of locks carry the different levels


of waterway over the hills, each with its own particular charm. The locks are unmanned and simple to


operate and combine pleasant breaks in the cruise with some gentle exercise. On the day of departure all novices and


those wanting a refresher are given practical instruction through their first lock from one of our experienced instructors.


Architecture Canal architecture is a subject of great


interest. The aqueduct at Cosgrove, only a day's boating north from our yard in Linslade, is a masterpiece of engineering and the canal tunnels are an exciting experience, whilst the many canal-side villages and country 'pubs' are great to


Fishing Canals are a delight for the angler with


their quiet backwaters and banks. Roach, perch, bream, carp and tench are but a few that can be caught. After a day's cruising why not enjoy an evening’s fishing. However we have a strict rule that no live


bait of any kind (including maggots) is allowed onboard. Please note a national rod licence is required by anyone aged 12 years and over.


Flags We can supply 5ft (1.5m) flagpoles which


attach to the helm so you can fly your National Flag. This is especially popular with overseas customers. Please bring your own lm flag.


explore. The different shapes and sizes of bridges, from the hump backed to the motorway bridge, add to the ever-changing environment.


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