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Winter 2018 - Issue 52

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Front Cover: Samuel Barlow Coal Company Ltd acquiring second-hand craft from various sources during World War II. One was butty Unostentatious, owned by boatman Daniel Doughty of Linslade. Bought by Barlows in February 1940, after docking, the company renamed her Nell.

The Winter 2018 issue includes the following features.

Working the Waterways

Carriers at War

Chris M. Jones studies the activities and politics of canal-carrying in the South Midlands up to and during World War II

You can view an excerpt here.

Historical Profiles

Inspection Boats

Part two of Cath Turpin’s exploration of the variety of craft once used to survey the condition of the inland waterways

You can view an excerpt here.

Picturing the Past

British Waterways: Northbound on the GU

Another delve into the photo archive of Patrick Rawlinson shows British Waterways craft working northbound on the Grand Union

You can view an excerpt here.

Historical Profiles

Pride of the Thames

Chris M. Jones reveals the story behind two well-known and often reproduced 1870s engravings of a narrowboat on the Upper Thames

You can view an excerpt here.

From the Archives

The Listener

Joseph Boughey discovers waterway tidbits in a defunct magazine’s online archive

You can view an excerpt here.

Picturing the Past

Failsworth Wharf

Chris M. Jones reveals the story of a family of textile workers who took up boating on the Rochdale Canal in the 1870s

You can view an excerpt here.

Last Traffic

Losing a Vital Facility

Hugh Potter uncovers a fascinating document recording the last traffic on the Cromford Canal when it closed in 1944

You can view an excerpt here.

Picturing the Past

Final Years of Carrying on the Wilts & Berks

Chris M. Jones examines two rare images of carrying on the Wilts & Berks Canal during its latter years of trade

You can view an excerpt here.

Historical Canal Maps

Potteries Prelude

Richard Dean describes the earliest surviving survey for the Trent & Mersey Canal

You can view an excerpt here.

A Broader Outlook

Wide-boat at Watford

Chris M. Jones studies the details of a pre-WWI image showing a broad-beam boat on the Grand Junction Canal at Cassiobury Park

You can view an excerpt here.