Summer 2014 - Issue 34

You can purchase this magazine from our online Shop.

You can read the articles in this and all other NarrowBoat issues online by becoming a NarrowBoat subscriber.

Current NarrowBoat subscribers can fully search and read the digital editions of ALL issues of NarrowBoat online. Including those that are no longer available in print. Simply log in

The Summer 2014 issue includes the following features.

Working the Waterways

Boating Through World War One

A hundred years since the outbreak of the First World War, Christopher M. Jones looks at some of the effects it had on our canals and the people who worked on them

You can view an excerpt here.

Working the Waterways

Transport Workers Battalions

Mike Clarke looks at how the military helped out on the canals during World War One

You can view an excerpt here.

Picturing the Past

Will King on the GU: Part 2 Marsworth to Birmingham

David Blagrove looks through photographs of narrowboats in the late 1950s between Marsworth to Birmingham

You can view an excerpt here.

Famous Fleets


Better known for its chocolate than for it use of narrowboats, Alan Faulkner looks into the fleet of a company that was a great believer in water transport

You can view an excerpt here.

Last Traffic

Phosphorus Waste

Hugh Potter sums up recollections of what was probably the most infamous and noxious cargo ever carried by canal

You can view an excerpt here.

Historical Canal Maps

Birmingham Canal 1773

Richard Dean gleans information from the earliest map of the completed canal

You can view an excerpt here.

Tracing Family History

Knowing Your Onions

Steve Hayes sniffs out his boating ancestors in Lincolnshire

You can view an excerpt here.