A slide of an old clay barge used to bring clay down the Stover or Hackney canal to the River Teign and down to the docks at Teignmouth. This shows the style and type of boat used on the Stover canal. It is not known whether this still exists today or its exact location.
The canal was built in the 18th Century, and was used to transport clay and other minerals from the Bovey Basin and granite from quarries on Dartmoor to the docks at Teignmouth for nearly 150 years.
The canal runs for 2 miles from Ventiford Basin near Teigngrace to Jetty Marsh on the outskirts of Newton Abbot. From there, barges would follow the tidal Whitelake Channel, then the River Teign to Teignmouth docks, a further 5 miles, where the cargo was transhipped to seagoing coasters.