Autumn 2021 - Issue 63

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Front Cover: Even post WW2, local BCN craft, such as this iron day-boat, were part of the long distance traffic of dry goods and fuel oil on the Shropshire Union Canal from Ellesmere Port to Birmingham. All the gear shown, such as the towing mast, shaft, chimney and even the lighted stove, was transferred from one boat to another at journey’s end when one vessel was exchanged for the next.

The Autumn 2021 issue includes the following features.

Picturing the Past

Picture Post Canals

Chris M. Jones explores canal coverage in a 1939 issue of Picture Post magazine

You can view an excerpt here.

Historical Profiles

Post-war Shroppie Traffic to the BCN

Chris M. Jones studies a disparate set of documents recording traffic from the Shroppie to the BCN in the late 1940s

You can view an excerpt here.

Canals That Never Were

Edinburgh & Glasgow

Richard Dean provides further detail on schemes to connect Scotland’s two largest cities

You can view an excerpt here.

Picturing the Past

Passing Through Middlewich

Two images from the Jack Parkinson Collection show a pair of British Waterways boats at Middlewich in 1964

This is our free-access sample article from the Autumn 2021 NarrowBoat.

You can view an excerpt here.

A Broader Outlook

Traffic on the Louth Canal

Chris M. Jones explores the cargo-carrying boats that once plied this little-known Lincolnshire waterway

You can view an excerpt here.

Working the Waterways

Women Trainees of World War II

Dr Barbara Hately and Bob Moore, of the University of Sheffield History Department, provide insights on the female volunteers who worked canal boats during WWII

You can view an excerpt here.

From the Archives

Staffs & Worcs in Wartime

Joseph Boughey uncovers details relating to the management of the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal during World War II

You can view an excerpt here.