A canal boat owner has claimed his 100-year-old ship was partially sunk after being moved ‘without permission’ while filming a Netflix series.
Anthony Beanlands, 46, was homeless before moving into his canal boat in Hackney Wick, London, and lost everything he owned when it started taking up water two weeks ago.
He lived with relatives during the renovation of the boat and received a message from a friend on Thursday, November 19 that he was underwater.
Mr Beanlands said his boat was a ‘national treasure’ that had been his home for the past five years. He alleged that a production company that filmed the Netflix show Top Boy moved the ship without his permission.
Anthony Beanlands, 46, was homeless before boarding his canal boat (pictured, sinking) in Hackney Wick, London, and lost everything he owned when it sank two weeks ago
He lived with family while renovating the boat and received a message from a friend that he was underwater on Thursday, November 19. In the picture: Mr. Beanlands
‘I found out on the morning of November 19. A friend of mine sent me a picture saying “Anthony, I’m really sorry but your boat sunk. [Someone] moved it without telling you “.
Someone said it started to sink or looked like it was left over a day or two earlier. Nobody told me anything and they hadn’t gotten my permission. They just moved it.
‘They moved a lot of boats and my boat was squashed in between. When large boats passed, they hit each other. ‘
Mr. Beanlands was later approached by two people claiming to be on a production team, who asked him to sign a contract so they could pay him.
The British crime drama Top Boy began life on Channel 4, but was revived by Netflix with the involvement of rapper and singer Drake. The fourth series is believed to be filmed in the area. Pictured, presumably filming
‘A lady and a man have called me so far. First, the man told me that Canal and River Trust had given their permission to move my boat, but when I called them they emailed me to say no one had given their permission.
‘They are only allowed to move a boat under certain circumstances, so that was a lie. The lady called me and tried to find out for them.
‘If I want to get something done, it will be done properly through legal proceedings and through their insurance. They tried to pay for it cheaply so nobody hears it.
“I said” this is going to cost a lot of money “. She said “if this goes on the insurance, would you like to sign a contract so we can apply for the insurance?” ‘
The tour boat is depicted as it was towed to Hackney Wick a year ago. Mr Beanlands said his boat was a ‘national treasure’ that had been his home for the past five years. He claimed that a production company that filmed the Netflix show Top Boy had moved the ship
The British crime drama Top Boy began life on Channel 4, but was revived by Netflix with the involvement of rapper and singer Drake.
The fourth series is believed to be filmed in the area, but the production companies involved and Netflix have not responded to requests for comment.
Mr Beanlands received an email from a woman claiming to be a ‘location manager’ discussing his ‘salvage offer’. The woman’s Instagram shows that she is currently working on Top Boy.
After receiving the text, Mr. Beanlands rushed to the scene and saw his house being ‘knocked over’ in the water (photo)
“I’ve lost everything I own – including my house,” he said. ‘I am disgusted. [Some people] just think of them as boats, but they are people at home.
“It’s like someone didn’t want your house there, so they just took a bulldozer and knocked it over with bulldozers. That is the same for me.
‘I’ve lived there for five years and that brought me back to peace. Making music and living on that boat gave me back my life. I really can’t ignore it. How dare [they], disgraceful people.
‘They are a law in themselves. They cause damage to people’s property. It’s like they don’t care about anything. ‘
Mr. Beanlands was homeless when he managed to purchase his boat, affectionately named Shalom, with the help of kind friends.
The musician said the damage was likely caused by other ‘metal, heavy boats’ crashing into it. Pictured, the boat on its side in the water
He said, ‘Everything was fine and I had started repairing the inside of my boat. I had to reapply the floor and we had the kitchen taken out and back up between March and June.
“I went back every two weeks to make sure she was okay. I went there for a few days before it was moved.
After receiving the text, Mr. Beanlands rushed to the scene and saw his house “fall over” in the water.
He added: ‘I can’t even believe it. Everything I own is in it. There’s water in there and it probably destroyed everything.
‘It has been overturned. I have a generator there. I work in the boat. I recently went back and took a few photos showing it was tilted and showing how far it is from the side.
The Canal and River Trust said they would not allow anyone to move a third party boat. In the photo it is believed that a production crew filmed Top Boy there
“Apparently there were people at the front and back of my boat when they were moving it.
‘My boat is more than 100 years old. It was a lifeboat and it is a national treasure. It is a historic boat. I don’t know if we can float it again. It’s just going to be a salvage mission to scrap it, which would be horrible. ‘
The musician said the damage was likely caused by other ‘metal, heavy boats’ crashing into it.
‘They didn’t even fasten it properly. They tied it to a small plastic boat in front of it and one behind it. It was loose too, ”he said.
The damage was probably caused by the boats colliding around it – metal, heavy boats. It could have been the concrete plank that hit it because it wasn’t properly attached.
“It’s pretty strange that they think it’s okay. I’m a bit over the moon right now. ‘
The Canal and River Trust said they would not allow anyone to move a third party boat.
Mr Beanlands said his boat was not properly moored and was instead tied to a plastic boat in front of it
In the photo, the crew was supposed to be filming on the bank of the canal. The Canal and River Trust licensed the production company to film on the canal, but did not permit the movement of boats
A spokesperson said: ‘If a production wants to film on our waterways, they have to ask us for permission and we make a risk assessment.
‘We would never allow a production company to move someone’s boat, that would be comparable to a production company that films on the street and decides they want to move someone’s car. It’s just not something we would allow.
“If the company wants boats to be moved, they have to arrange this with the boat owner.”
The trust licensed the production company to film on the canal, but did not permit the movement of boats.
The spokesperson added: ‘The company was licensed to film on the channel, but we don’t know what happened in relation to the sinking of the boat. Obviously it is a very sad situation. We understand that the company is in contact with the boat owner. ‘
Netflix was approached for comment.
The woman who identified herself as a ‘location manager’ was also approached for comment.