Roach Coal Boat

Loading coal from an historic coal wharf to a historic working boat

One dark blustery winter morning this week something new … and also very old happened: Roach returned to her working boat status and has once again become a coal boat.

Roach received her first load of coal in her ‘new/old‘ working coal boat guise at a historic wharf which is believed to have been built at the same time as the canal – Turners Wharf (also known as Rowington Wharf, or Turners Green Wharf).

I talked with Fay, the current occupier and part owner of Turners Wharf, about this auspicious delivery of coal from an historic wharf to a historic working boat!

Fay said “It’s interesting because when I first saw Roach, she pulled up on the moorings opposite me, and I thought what a lovely working boat! And then one day Rich called across to ask if I knew of anywhere he could load coal and he was thrilled to bits when I said he could come and load here. And so was I!

“It’s been absolutely great! We have loved having Rich and Roach to visit”

New venture begins!

I asked Fay if she could tell me more about Turners Green Wharf

“The wharf is called Turners Green or Turners End wharf. It was built as a coal wharf and we believe it was built when the canal was built. It was last used as a coal wharf over 50 years ago. My parents moved here in the 1980s and they bought the leasehold from British Waterways, and subsequently the freehold of the wharf when the leasehold ran out. There are some photographs of the old wharf on

“It’s really nice to see the wharf being used again”

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More stories about Roach

Roach schedule

Where to find Roach


When Daisy met Roach

The last trip before lockdown

Roach will be available for the purchase of coal, hardwood nets, kindling wood, and a small selection of chandlery sundries from January 2021

Contact Roach Coal Boat

Call or Text – 07778 403657
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Roach in for loading coal

Thank you to Fay at Turners Wharf for taking such lovely photographs of Roach’s first day back as a working boat! And thank you for giving kind permission for Roach to load at Turners Wharf.

Photos © Fay at Turners Wharf

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  1. Love it, truly an historic day

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