Summer 2022 - Issue 66

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Front Cover: On a hot summer’s day, wide boat Irene, owned by Henry Boyer of Terminus Wharf, 14 South Wharf, Paddington Basin, has started to take a bend in the cut as the boatwoman pushes the tiller hard over. Many of the wide boats plying the southern Grand Junction Canal were involved in the building trades, whether it be carrying raw materials or finished products, such as bricks and cement

The Summer 2022 issue includes the following features.

A Broader Outlook

Wide Boats on the Grand Junction

Chris M. Jones looks at a series of images that detail the traffics carried in these distinctive craft

You can view an excerpt here.

Historical Profiles

Looking into the Distance

Chris M. Jones studies an 18th-century document containing several distance tables

You can view an excerpt here.

Unearthing History

The Last Mile

Andy Tidy explores the history of the railway interchange basins that were once prevalent on the Birmingham Canal Navigations

You can view an excerpt here.

Canal Postcards

Willow Wren at Brownhills

Chris M. Jones reveals the background details of a picture postcard of the BCN at Brownhills

This is our free-access sample article from the Summer 2022 NarrowBoat.

You can view an excerpt here.

Historical Canal Maps

Wigan 1847

Historical canal maps Richard Dean explores the canalside industry of Wigan

You can view an excerpt here.

Traditional Techniques

Carrying around Cut End

Chris M. Jones studies nine images illustrating boat-handling at Marston Junction

You can view an excerpt here.

Preserving the Past

Refuelling at Ricky

Chris M. Jones studies a magic lantern slide of Batchworth Lock at Rickmansworth

You can view an excerpt here.

From the Archives

Acquiring a Carrier

Joseph Boughey examines documents relating to the sale of canal-carrier John Parke & Son, based on the western Leeds & Liverpool

You can view an excerpt here.

Art of the Waterways

Frank Jones Illustrated

Chris M. Jones studies a post-war article about boat decoration

You can view an excerpt here.

Picturing the Past

Trent & Mersey Miscellany

Another delve into the Jack Parkinson collection reveals boats at work, mostly in the early 1960s

You can view an excerpt here.

From the Archives

Early Canal Classics

Gordon Biddle examines three classic canal books from the 18th and 19th centuries

You can view an excerpt here.

Canal Postcards

Barton Swing Aqueduct

 Trevor Ellis looks at how postcard publishers captured this wonder of the waterways

You can view an excerpt here.