Get Involved


There are several ways in which you may wish to become involved with John Pinkerton Canal Cruises.

jp-shirt-logoCrewing the John Pinkerton

The John Pinkerton II is crewed by trained volunteers who are all members of the Basingstoke Canal Society. Crew members are responsible for the safety and comfort of up to 50 passengers and undertake all operational tasks such as:
– Steering
– Serving in the Galley
– Overseeing embarking and disembarking
– Mooring
– Lock and Bridge Operation

A crew consists of 4 volunteers, including a skipper who holds a Boatmaster’s Certificate issued by the Maritime & Coastguard Agency, an Executive agency of the Department of the Environment.

If you’d like to help support the Basingstoke Canal by crewing the John Pinkerton II please contact Dick King.

Training in steering the boat will be given. If you are unsure about whether this is for you, every month we have fully crewed Members’ Cruises on a Monday night for Society or prospective members. These trips usually involve a bit of a Crew Social. You will have the opportunity to talk to our crew members and find out more about the JP operation and, if you like, have a go at the helm. If you would like to join us for a Monday evening trip, please contact our bookings manager David Horwood, or call him on 01256 765889.

Maintaining the John Pinkerton II

Weekly Maintenance (Cruising season)

A number of routine jobs need to be carried out when the boat is working during the cruising season. Jobs include restocking the galley, refuelling, filling the water tank and pumping out. A small team of volunteers meet at Colt Hill in Odiham to do this usually on Tuesday evenings and, if time permits, will then take the boat out for a trip.

JP2 Engine REDUCEDWinter Maintenance

During the off-season, the boat needs to be serviced. It is also the opportunity to carry out any necessary repairs, modifications or repainting. Another team under the acting leadership of Dick King will meet as and when is required to complete this work, usually during November to January.

If you’d like to help support the Basingstoke Canal by maintaining the John Pinkerton II please contact Dick King.

The Basingstoke Canal Society

Find out how you can become involved with the Basingstoke Canal Society.