Witham Navigable Drains (Maud Foster Drain)
The Witham Navigable Drains (Maud Foster Drain) is a broad canal and is part of the Witham Navigable Drains. It runs for 2 miles and 4¾ furlongs from Boston Sluice Doors (which is a dead end) to Cowbridge Lock Junction (where it joins the Witham Navigable Drains (Cowbridge Lock), the Witham Navigable Drains (Junction Drain) and the Witham Navigable Drains (Stonebridge Drain)).
The maximum dimensions for a boat to be able to travel on the waterway are 60 feet long and 11 feet wide. The maximum headroom is not known. The maximum draught is not known.
|Boston Sluice Doors
Moorings in central Boston. No junction with the River Witham
|Mount Bridge||1¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|Winsor Crescent Footbridge||3½ furlongs||0 locks|
|Vauxhall Road Bridge||5½ furlongs||0 locks|
|Bargate Bridge||7¾ furlongs||0 locks|
|Maud Foster Windmill||1 mile and ¾ furlongs||0 locks|
|Hospital Lane Footbridge||1 mile and 1½ furlongs||0 locks|
|Horncastle Road Footbridge||1 mile and 6 furlongs||0 locks|
|Horncastle Road Railway Bridge||2 miles and ¾ furlongs||0 locks|
|Rawsons Bridge||2 miles and 1½ furlongs||0 locks|
|Cow Bridge||2 miles and 4¾ furlongs||0 locks|
|Cowbridge Lock Junction
Junction of Cowbridge Lock, Stonebridge Drain, Junction Drain (closed) and the Maud Foster Drain
|2 miles and 4¾ furlongs||0 locks|
Wikipedia has a page about Witham Navigable Drains
The Witham Navigable Drains are located in Lincolnshire, England, and are part of a much larger drainage system managed by the Witham Fourth District Internal Drainage Board. In total there are over 438 miles (705 km) of drainage ditches, of which under 60 miles (97 km) are navigable. Navigation is normally only possible in the summer months, as the drains are maintained at a lower level in winter, and are subject to sudden changes in level as a result of their primary drainage function, which can leave boats stranded. Access to the drains is from the River Witham at Anton's Gowt Lock.