Spring 2024 - Issue 73

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Front Cover: Oxford, owned by Samuel Barlow Coal Co Ltd, is depicted here underway with a load of small coal for canalside industrial works on the Grand Union.

The Spring 2024 issue includes the following features.

Historical Profiles

Unusual Cargoes

Chris M. Jones looks at a number of cargoes carried by boat that could be considered unusual or little known

You can view an excerpt here.

Working the Waterways

A Year in the Life of a Canal Engineer

Phil Clayton examines the reports of the Birmingham Canal Navigations’ chief engineer from 1900

You can view an excerpt here.

From the Archives

A Pointer to the Past

Andy Tidy uncovers unusual canal-related photos from the 1950s and finds out more

You can view an excerpt here.

A Broader Outlook

Fossdyke Traffics

Chris M. Jones explores several images illustrating boats and cargoes traversing the Fossdyke Navigation

You can view an excerpt here.

Picturing the Past

The Dearne & Dove Canal in 66

An atmospheric image from the Jack Parkinson collection shows the latter days of carrying on this South Yorkshire navigation

You can view an excerpt here.

Historical Profiles

The Bentley Canal

Andy Tidy traces the history and decline of this short arm of the BCN

You can view an excerpt here.

Last Traffic

Carrying on the River Arun

Chris M. Jones studies two images that illustrate the final decades of traffic on the River Arun

You can view an excerpt here.

Canals That Never Were

Horwich: Canal Town?

Richard Dean looks at how the Lancashire railway town almost became an important canal centre

You can view an excerpt here.