Summer 2021 - Issue 62

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Front Cover: Coal was a ubiquitous cargo on the River Don section of the Sheffield & South Yorkshire Navigation, as there were many coal-loading staiths connected to several West Riding collieries. Local coal traffic serving factories, mills and works along the S&SYN, was carried in open keels like the one shown here, fully laden and horse hauled.

The Summer 2021 issue includes the following features.

Picturing the Past

Grand Union Traffic in Colour

We look at a selection of photos taken in the early 1960s by Brian Stroud showing commercial narrowboats on the Grand Union Canal

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Working the Waterways

A Lock-keeper’s Son

Frank Smith recalls a childhood spent in a canalside cottage near Southcote Lock on the Kennet & Avon

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Historical Profiles

John Griffiths on the Grand Junction

Chris M. Jones looks at a series of images that illustrate the activities of Bedworth canal-carrier John Griffiths

You can view an excerpt here.

Historical Canal Maps

A Royal Route

Richard Dean explores the mapping of Queen Victoria’s visit to Worsley in 1851

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Picturing the Past

Adding Colour to Canals

Andy Tidy showcases a selection of colourised photos of the West Midlands waterways and wades into the debate on manipulating historic images

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From the Archives

Charles Hadfield and the Early IWA

Joseph Boughey examines records documenting the canal historian’s role in the formation of the IWA 75 years ago

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Life Afloat

Beauchamp Family of Boaters

Chris M. Jones studies the boating history of the Beauchamp family of Oxfordshire

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A Broader Outlook

Keels on the Don

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

You can view an excerpt here.

Canal Postcards

The Peak Forest Canal Part 2

Trevor Ellis continues his examination of postcard publishers’ photos of the Peak Forest

You can view an excerpt here.

Canals That Never Were

Linking Edinburgh and Glasgow

Jim Lonie explores seven proposals to connect Scotland’s two biggest cities by canal

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Picturing the Past

Tugs And Day-Boats On The Wyrley & Essington Canal

We look at another selection from the Jack Parkinson Collection showing images of tug and day-boat traffic on the Wyrley & Essington in 1964, during the final years of trade

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Obituary

Malcolm Braine

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