Picture: Lorne Campbell / Guzelian
STORY RE: Ben Cummins (pictured), 44, who has built a raft and plans to take 25 years to travel from Liverpool to London by canal. he has already been on it for 5 years, travelling from Liverpool to Riddlesden in West Yorkshire, where he is currently moored.The raft does not have an engine, and is pulled by Ben.
WORDS BY GUZELIAN
PICTURE TAKEN ON TUESDAY 4 APRIL 2017
A man from Kent has been traveling along the Leeds-Liverpool canal for the past five years as he looks to reach London by pulling his raft along.
Ben Cummins, 43, set off on his travels back in 2012 with a non-motorised raft created entirely of recycled materials and cost him nothing to create.
He calls the boat the Piano Raft and set sail from Liverpool with the aim of using his pulling power to make it all the way to the capital within 25 years.
The Piano Raft, which was originally built by fellow artist Ben Parry for the Liverpool biannual, is made up of items including wooden planks, Aldi freezer doors, disused drawers and is kept afloat by a dozen 55-gallon industry standard blue plastic barrels.