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Britain Afloat explores the regional distinctiveness of boat design and the floating way of life, from the modest coracle - whose shape was adapted to suit individual rivers across Britain - to the imposing Thames sailing barges - boats that helped build London. Mary-Ann Ochota travels the waterways of Britain, discovering how boats have shaped our lives.
Mary-Ann Ochota explores the story of the working Narrow Boat, discovering how it helped to power the Industrial Revolution and shaped the lives of those who earned their living from the canals.
Mary-Ann Ochota explores the story of the punt, a boat that helped Bronze Age people survive in tough environments and went on to become an Edwardian leisure craze.
Mary-Ann Ochota discovers how sailing on the Mersey, which began with fishermen racing each other for fun, developed into a way of life for many people in the region.
Mary-Ann Ochota discovers how the rowing eight - the fastest rowing boat in the world - developed from working boats on the Thames, when river-taxi men would race their boats for a bit of fun and a spot of gambling.
Through the centuries racing has become more formal, from the Doggett's Coat And Badge race - still going strong on the Thames after nearly 300 years and open only to apprentices working on the river - to the Oxford Cambridge Boat Race and the Henley Royal Regatta, where elite crews compete from all over the world.
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