Keels on the Don

A Broader Outlook: NarrowBoat, Summer 2021

Christopher M Jones

Chris M. Jones explores images showing traffic on the River Don section of the Sheffield & South Yorkshire Navigation

The Sheffield & South Yorkshire Navigation Act was passed on 26th August 1889, amalgamating four waterways previously owned by the Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway: the River Don, the Dearne & Dove Canal, the Sheffield Canal and the Stainforth & Keadby Canal. The transference of ownership was in 1895, which was unfortunately the year the four waterways were affected by a freeze lasting 15 weeks. On 2nd January 1905 the New Junction Canal was opened, extending the navigation from Stainforth to the Knottingley & Goole Canal, which was part of the Aire & Calder Navigation. Further improvements were made up to 1914, and again in the 1930s. On 1st January 1948, the S&SYN was nationalised and passed into the ownership of the British Transport Commission.…

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