Spring 2022 - Issue 65

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The Spring 2022 issue includes the following features. You can purchase this magazine from our online Shop.

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Front Cover: Owner-boatman Charles Sweet’s narrowboat Ada heading west on the River Avon towards Bristol. Ada was built by William Chard at Banbury Dock on the Oxford Canal in 1871 for Charles Sweet, who was based at Hanham near Bristol.

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Working the Waterways

Boating Hazards

Chris M. Jones explores some of the numerous difficulties that could beset a cargo-carrying trip

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Life at Falling Sands Rock

David Godson recalls memories of growing up in a remote lock cottage on the Staffs & Worcs in the mid-20th century

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Unearthing History

The Bridgeguard Scheme

Andy Tidy provides the story of the structural supports built to strengthen canal bridges

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Canals That Never Were

Commercial Canal

Ricard Dean looks at a proposed scheme to link the Chester and Ashby canals

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Picturing the Past

Willow Wren on the Oxford

We explore two photos from the Jack Parkinson collection showing the decline of canal carrying in September 1962

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Historical Profiles

Short boats on the L&L

Chris M. Jones reveals the background story behind four images of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal

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

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Working the Waterways

On Canal Boats in Wartime

Chris M. Jones studies a 1945 article written by Cecily M. Ramsay, one of the well-known women trainees about life on the cut.

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Working the Waterways

The Struggles of Salt carrying during WWI

Teresa Fuller examines the impact of World War I on salt-carrying in the North West

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Working the Waterways

J. H. Taylor of Chester

Andy Tidy explores the history of a builder of some of the first wooden leisure-boats of the post-war era

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