Summer 2011 - Issue 22

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The Summer 2011 issue includes the following features.

Historical Profiles

Bridgewater Canal

Mike Clarke delves into the navigation that started the Canal Age

You can view an excerpt here.

Famous Fleets

John Harker

Alan Faulkner takes a nostalgic look at the Dale class tanker barges that used to be operated by Harkers of Knottingley

You can view an excerpt here.

Traditional Techniques


David Blagrove explains the mystery of how to open lock gates with your working boat pair

You can view an excerpt here.

Canals That Never Were

Canals to Cannock

Richard Dean traces proposals that would have linked the Cannock Extension Canal through to Rugeley

You can view an excerpt here.

Early Campaigning

Last Boat to Top of the Map

Malcolm Braine looks at the history of the once very busy Cannock Extension Canal and recalls one last cruise along it in 1962

You can view an excerpt here.

Working the Waterways

Sweet Charity

Jim Marshall recalls the work of Joe Gilbert and Jess Owen at Charity Dock, Bedworth, and an incident with the Skinners involving old 'white' £5 notes

You can view an excerpt here.

Picturing the Past

Jim Payler of Blisworth

David Blagrove pays tribute to Jim Payler, who recorded the last years of narrowboat traffic passing Blisworth and Stoke Bruerne

You can view an excerpt here.