Commercial Boat Services specialise in the recovery of sunken craft either from the canals and rivers to marinas and harbours.

CBS have certified dive contract administrators who coordinate the local contract dive team with our skilled operatives using their skills with our powerful pumps and underwater salvage equipment. CBS are the national term contractors to the Canal and River Trust for all their salvage work on the rivers and canals of England and Wales. This is delivered through a fast response team that are both familiar and experienced with the dangers of the surface and sub-surface operations.

Case Studies

National Waterways Museum

National Waterways Museum

Ellesmere Port

Marine Salvage

CBS have been engaged by The National Waterways Museum to raise a number of historic boats that had been sunk for over 30 years. These historic craft, many over a hundred years old, require very sp...
More info

Bagpuss, Grand Union Canal

Linsdale, Leighton Buzzard

Marine Salvage

This sunken boat on the Grand Union Canal posed a large challenge to its owners. The 37ft flat-bottomed working boat sank in the middle of the canal in January 2020, possibly after another boat col...
More info