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Summer 2019 - Issue 54

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The Summer 2019 issue includes the following features. You can purchase this magazine from our online Shop.

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Front Cover: From 1853, regular steam towage started on the River Severn and narrowboats (called ‘long-boats’ on the river) and barges travelled between Gloucester, Worcester and Stourport without the need for horse haulage from the towpath. Navigating the fast-flowing waters of the Severn demanded a higher level of skill and experience than on the canals. Many Severn long-boats were fitted with hefty timber-heads each side of the fore-deck to attach strong towing lines, as shown here.

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Historical Profiles

Boat Building at Braunston 1796 to 1958

Chris M. Jones looks at the long history of wooden boat building at the famous canal village

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Picturing the Past

Descending Stoke Locks

Another selection of images from the Jack Parkinson Collection reveals the carriage of pottery materials at Stoke-on-Trent

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Traffic on the River Severn in the 19th century

Chris M. Jones studies the growth of long-boat and wide-boat carrying on the mighty Severn

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Historical Profiles

The old Thames Waterfront

Chris M. Jones investigates images of the old Thames riverside when the Pool of London was a thriving port

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From the Archives

Charles Hadfield’s Jessop and Telford files

Joseph Boughey examines the late waterways historian’s research into great canal engineers

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Working the Waterways

Rebuilding the Warwick Canals

Alan Thorpe studies a series of images taken in the early 1930s showing the widening and improving of today’s northern Grand Union Canal

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Canal Curios

First Sod from the MSC

Sarah Henshaw celebrates the men – and machines – who dug the 36-mile ‘ditch’

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Time and Place

Taking a Break at Tinsley

The Sheffield & Tinsley Canal celebrates its bicentenary this year. Chris M. Jones looks at a scene from its working heyday

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Historical Canal Maps

Oxford Canal Improvements

Richard Dean describes Charles Vignoles’ 1828 plan to shorten the northern Oxford

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