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Traffic at Rumps Lock

Time and Place: NarrowBoat, Spring 2020

Through a sequence of images in the Jack Parkinson collection, we study commercial carrying activity on the Trent & Mersey at Middlewich in 1965

This is one of a sequence of images taken in 1965 showing boats passing Rumps Lock on the north-western Trent & Mersey. Two of the craft are painted in the blue-and-yellow livery of British Waterways but, in fact, BW had ceased carrying the previous year and carrier Willow Wren Canal Transport Services Ltd was approached to take over. The company agreed and from 6th October 1964 continued the traffic with a number of boats leased from BW at £21 per annum. Here ex-BW Effingham, running light, exits the lock, while fully loaded motor Hyperion waits on the outside for its turn. Holding back is ex-BW single motor Clematis, which will soon be giving Hyperion’s captain a helping hand.

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