Young Adam" with Ewan McGregor, in which the story takes place onboard one of these boats. Claustrophobic, as I recall.
In Birmingham this summer, we visited the Gas Street Basin, and walked for a few kilometers along the Canal Walk, which was restored in 1996. We were even lucky enough to see a boat coming through the locks.
You can find more information here, and Wikipedia has a few articles as well.
|This is the usual division of labour (indicated by our observations): the man steers the boat and the wife operates the lock.|
|Onlookers give a helping hand.|
|I love how the guy gets his photograph taken while closing the gate!|
|I wouldn´t mind having a balcony over a canal. So peaceful in the middle of the city.|
|Boat people are a friendly bunch - this guy insisted on being photographed.|
|Underneath the railway tracks.|