Autumn 2023 - Issue 71

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The Autumn 2023 issue includes the following features. You can purchase this magazine from our online Shop.

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Front Cover: On a sunny autumn day, coal-laden boat Shahzada makes its way south to a coal merchant’s wharf.

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Historical Profiles

The Mill Job

Chris M. Jones studies the coal traffic carried by boatmen-contractors to the papermills of John Dickinson & Co Ltd

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Working the Waterways

Lighterman Laurie Dews

David Lewis explores the life of North East lighterman Laurie Dews, who recently passed away aged 100

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Historical Profiles

Edwardian Expansion of Manchester Docks

A new book explores the 1905 opening of the vast Dock No 9 at the terminus of the Manchester Ship Canal

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A Broader Outlook

Craft of the North-East

Chris M. Jones studies a series of images showing wide-beam vessels on the waterways of North-East England

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Canals That Never Were

Lincolnshire Link

Richard Dean examines waterway schemes to connect the Midlands with Lincolnshire

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Picturing the Past

Between Dock and Canal

Chris M. Jones studies a series of images illustrating the navigation of canal craft around various docks

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Historical Profiles


Chris M. Jones looks into the history of a single narrowboat that was photographed several times during its working life.

This is our free-access sample article from the Autumn 2023 NarrowBoat

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Time and Place

The Port of Leeds in 1960

Ken Matthews captured this selection of photographs of central Leeds in 1960

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