The canals are in alphabetical order and there is a section at the end containing pictures of stanking planks in use.
Some people have commented about me calling stop planks, stanking planks. Whilst I accept that the common usage is for stop planks I call them stanking planks as I explain further down. The planks are inserted in narrow sections of canals, such as bridge holes or lock heads and tails to hold back the water as a dam. The dam is called a stank and can also be referred to as a cofferdam. The planks are lowered into the water, puddled with clay and hence cause a watertight barrier so water can be drained out for maintenance on the drained section.
Karen and I were walking along the Aylesbury arm a good few years ago to have a look at the works that CRT were carrying out on the locks. We went along on the day they were stunning fish to remove them from a partially dewatered section to a section still in water. One of the workers kindly explained what they were doing and started with how they dewater a section of canal. He showed us the stop planks but referred to them as stanking planks. I just loved the expression so from that point on I also called them stanking planks.
When we were on the Montgomery canal at the end of 2015 we took a walk along a section that was being restored and, again, a CRT guy explained what was going on and he too referred to the stop planks as stanking planks. So whilst I accept stanks are generally accepted as being created by stop planks, there are some who refer to them (rightly or wrongly) as stanking planks and I shall continue to be one of those.
Click on the canal name below to visit a page showing the stanking planks and shelters we have found on the canal.
Birmingham & Fazeley canal
Canal du Midi
Canal Latéral à la Loire
Grand Union canal
Leeds & Liverpool canal
Peak Forest canal
Shropshire Union canal
Staffordshire and Worcestershire canal
Stratford on Avon canal
Trent and Mersey canal
Planks in use
|Stank behind top gates of lock 30 on Stratford canal - March 2017|
|Stank behind top gates at Stoke Bruerne (2nd lock down in the flight) - February 2017|
|Holding back the water to allow bottom gates of top lock at Fradley to be removed|
|Removing top gate at Fradley top lock|
|Too wide for stanking planks so dam built instead - Gas Street Birmingham when aqueduct was leaking into railway tunnel|
|Current end of restored northern section of the Montgomery canal|
|Stanking planks used for creating a dry dock at the northern end of the Trent & Mersey canal|
|Dry dock created by using stanking planks at Rochdale on the Bridgewater canal|