Winter 2010 - Issue 20

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The Winter 2010 issue includes the following features.

Famous Fleets

John Walley

Alan Faulkner looks at a small operator that specialised in carrying flints to the pottery industry in Stoke-on-Trent

You can view an excerpt here.

Historical Profiles

The Gloucester & Sharpness Canal

Hugh Conway-Jones examines one of Britain’s few ‘ship canals’ – a popular destination for leisure boaters today

You can view an excerpt here.

Working the Waterways

Christmas on the Cut

John Pyper considers hand-made cards sent by the wartime trainees – the ‘Idle Women’ – and trainer Kit Gayford’s diary entries for Christmas 1942

You can view an excerpt here.

Canals That Never Were

Western Junction Canal

Richard Dean looks at a project to link the Grand Junction with the Wilts & Berks – a scheme which might yet have a future!

You can view an excerpt here.

A Broader Outlook

Tug Brent

The story of a new tug being built and trialled in the late 1920s for the Grand Junction Canal Co

You can view an excerpt here.

Last Traffic

Blue Line

David Blagrove looks through Terry Putnam’s colourful photographs of boats carrying coal from Atherstone to the “Jam ’ole” at Southall, the last regular long-distance narrowboat traffic on the canals that ceased 40 years ago

You can view an excerpt here.

Traditional Techniques

Leighton Buzzard in the 1930s

In an online auction, Ray Butler won a set of negatives showing remarkable detail of “workaday boats and boaters doing workaday things”, and giving an insight into the way boats were worked on the ‘Junction’ in the late 1920s and early 1930s 

You can view an excerpt here.

Picturing the Past

T&M Tunnel Traffic

Stan Heaton photographed narrowboats working on the northern Trent & Mersey Canal in the late 1950s and early 1960s

You can view an excerpt here.

A Place in History

An Early Tube Boat Canal

Colin Bristow rediscovers the 18th century Carclaze–Scredda canal system in Cornwall

You can view an excerpt here.