Trust donates narrow boat tug ‘Bittern’ to Shrewsbury College

A narrow boat tug that sank 18 months ago in the North Wales Canal has been donated to Shrewsbury College.

Engineering and Motor Vehicle students at Shrewsbury College will have the unique opportunity of refurbishing and renaming the boat which will be painted in College colours and on its completion be commissioned and returned to the Shrewsbury and Newport Canals Trust.

‘’The idea of marine engineering came about when I arrived as the new Head of Department in August this year’’ Ken McKerral, Head of Engineering wants to expand the engineering provision to include marine engineering (narrow boats) and later aeronautical engineering (Helicopters).
‘’The decision to introduce Marine Engineering with narrow boats was an obvious choice as part of the major canal network is nearby and could provide excellent opportunities for our students to go into this industry.’’

Ken states '’The Engineering and Motor Vehicles areas are moving away from simulation activities and the focus is now towards working with real projects with real purpose and challenge, to give our students far greater experience to develop skills and to work with other people and agencies’'.

Martyn Goodwin, one of the Motor Vehicle Specialist team members met the Shrewsbury and Newport Canals Trust and it was agreed that the Trust would donate a narrow boat tug called Bittern for the students of Shrewsbury College to refurbish, including an engine rebuild. 

‘’We expect to release the narrow boat in June 2014, and are looking at expanding this project by refurbishing additional boats as part of the new curriculum. We are expanding our relationships with companies to assist in new joint ventures where it will give our students the opportunity to work with real projects,’’ said Ken.

Please contact Shrewsbury College if you would like to engage in our community project schemes.

For more information visit our Engineering and Construction subject pages.

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