Spring 2024 - Issue 73

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The Spring 2024 issue includes the following features. You can purchase this magazine from our online Shop.

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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.

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Historical Profiles

Unusual Cargoes

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

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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

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From the Archives

A Pointer to the Past

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

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A Broader Outlook

Fossdyke Traffics

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

This is our free-access sample article from the Spring 2024 NarrowBoat

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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

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Historical Profiles

The Bentley Canal

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

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Last Traffic

Carrying on the River Arun

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

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Canals That Never Were

Horwich: Canal Town?

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

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