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MV Chica close to Dutton Locks

The Weaver is only navigable from Winsford Bridge to its confluence with the Ship Canal

MV Chica

The Weaver Navigation has in its chequered history been the home to some historically important and interesting craft but the remains of MV Chica firmly moored above Dutton Locks would surely win any award for the best tale of mystery on a waterway.

Any of the local river watchers old enough to remember will have some sort of opinion about how the vessel Chica first came to the River Weaver Navigation, how she came to be laid up at Dutton and lastly be able to offer a sort of potted history about her.

Is a rotting hulk situated the remains of a historic type of wooden sail powered cargo boat, built in 1894 and launched in Surendalen Norway as the Flora?

Does the Chica really have a rich history and therefore be worthy of saving, or is the truth something more mundane?

The very least you should do, is go and view the Chica

Read more about this mystery from photo journalist Keith Langston.


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