Packet boat on the Grand Junction Canal in 1801

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Painting of boat on canal with passengers

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Packet boat on the Grand Junction Canal in 1801

The canal was opened in June 1801 and on July 10 a public inauguration took place when a barge full of dignitaries arrived at the Paddington Basin. For the next twenty years the canal enjoyed great popularity both as a commercial and a leisure facility. This picture shows a packet boat full of passengers enjoying a trip on the canal. The Canal Accommodation Boat made trips five times a week and was always packed out. By the 1830s a new form of transport, the railway came to Kensington and the canal only used for commercial purposes.

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