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Spring 2017 - Issue 45

The Spring 2017 issue includes the following features. You can purchase this issue from our online Shop.

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Famous Fleets

Salt Union Limited

The Salt Union Limited was a consortium of salt manufacturers established in 1888. Alan Faulkner and Chris M. Jones look at the canal-carrying fleet of the company, which comprised both narrowboats and barges working out of its Cheshire and Worcestershire bases

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Picturing the Past

Red and Green

Another delve into Patrick Rawlinson’s photo archive highlights the once-ubiquitous colour scheme of commercial craft

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Last Traffic

Claytons on the Wolverhampton 21

Harry Arnold recalls encountering Claytons’ skipper Jimmy Moores on motor-boat Umea on the BCN during the company’s final months of carrying in the mid-1960s

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Working the Waterways

Grain on the Water

Chris M. Jones provides a comprehensive history of grain carriage by boat, which formed a substantial traffic on the south Midlands waterways for many decades

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Time and Place

Easter Gathering

Chris M. Jones looks at two photographs showing an Easter Sunday service at Little Venice in 1932 for the benefit of its boating community

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Canal Finder

Nutbrook Canal

Andy Tidy goes in search of a short and little-known East Midlands waterway once used to transport minerals

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Working the Waterways

Behind the Scenes at British Waterways

James Hewitt recalls some of the disagreements, deceptions and debacles of his years spent working for the British Waterways Board from 1967 to 1974.

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From the Archives

Nineteenth Century British Newspapers

Joseph Boughey uses an online archive to augment printed information on two canals that were superseded by railways in the late 1800s

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Canals that never were

Pontcysyllte to Chester

Richard Dean details the Ellesmere Canal’s missing northerly link to the city of Chester. But why was it never built?

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Picturing the Past

Wallingford Wharf

Chris M. Jones explores the details in pre-WWI photographs of a wharf on the River Thames near Oxford

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