Colin G is the society’s work boat. Built in 1985, in 2014 it was modified to provides a safe working platform at both water and tree level, has a 500 kg davit to lift heavy objects from the water and a large storage area for waste materials.
Its main use is to clear overhanging branches in the vicinity of the Linlithgow Canal Centre. However it is available for use by any organisation who wishes to use Colin G as a work platform to undertake work from the Scottish Lowland canals. Any organisations wishing to use Colin G in this way should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alex Inglis to Colin G
In 1985 apprentices at Edinburgh’s Telford College built a small passenger boat which was named “Alex Inglis” after the then Principal. When built, she was loaned to LUCS for two years during which time she served as both a passenger boat and a floating tea shop.
In 1988 she was moved to the Forth & Clyde canal, but was returned to LUCS in 1999 when she was converted to a work boat. Later that year she was contracted to move scaffolding for repairs at the Avon Aqueduct.
Work was undertaken to improve her effectiveness as a workboat in 2013 and 2014. This included fitting a cabin which also provided a safe working platform and the provision of a davit. This work was financed by the Scottish Government and the European Union funded West Lothian LEADER programme.
The completion of this conversion was marked by a small ceremony on 19th November 2014 during which Alex Inglis was renamed “Colin G” after the late Colin Galloway, a former Chairman of the Society and notable LUCS stalwart.