Matt,


   My husband, being interested in boats as well as in music, was
   intrigued by the words, and by the comment which someone made about
   "keels" being the sea-going boats as well as those used on the Tyne.
   Evidently similar boats were used on rivers and canals, at least in
   "greater Northumbria" - maybe further???  According to one reference
   which he read, some of the boats had leeboards and these, the
   anchors and anything heavy and not needed were left at some place near
   the mouth of the river, and presumably the boats were towed by horses??
   through the rivers and canals.    Might the keelman stay with his boat
   to its inland destination?  Might he then return on foot, if his boats
   had not yet discharged all of its cargo, to his home, or to the "boat
   depot" to pick up another boat?   This would be his "ower land"
   journey.    We would be most interested if anyone could tell us more
   about this.

       The masts could be hinged down to pass under bridges ,and any heavy
   equipment such as anchors  would not be needed on river or canal
   voyages.  The Lee boards would get in the way when passing through
   locks so these also would be removed when not at sea.    Could an "ower
   land journey" be made on board his boat with his feet on the deck and
   not actually on the ground?

   Sheila and John
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