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Spring 2018 - Issue 49

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Front Cover: One of Fellows, Morton & Clayton’s steamers was Sultan, an iron composite boat built at its Saltley Dock on the Birmingham & Warwick Junction Canal near Birmingham in June 1899. She would have been a regular sight on the Grand Junction Canal.

The Spring 2018 issue includes the following features.

Famous Fleets

Steam Narrowboats of Fellows, Morton & Clayton

Alan Faulkner charts the rise and fall of one of the best-known steam-powered canal-carrying fleets. Steam may have been short-lived as a form of motive power on our canals and rivers, but, as we’ll see, it makes for a fascinating chapter in waterways history

You can view an excerpt here.

Historical Profiles

Timber Carrying on the Waterways

Chris M. Jones explores the carriage of timber by boat – one of the most useful and adaptable materials transported by canal and river craft.

You can view an excerpt here.

Canals that never were

Grand Western Canal

Richard Dean reveals the intentions of the original promoters in creating a sea-to-sea route across the South West peninsular to avoid the dangerous passage around Land’s End.

You can view an excerpt here.

Time and Place

Stone Boating at Foxton

Chris M. Jones examines the details of a c1908 image showing narrowboats carrying roadstone at Foxton on today’s Leicester Line of the Grand Union Canal. Dominating the scene is the celebrated Foxton Inclined Plane, which was still in operation at the time.

You can view an excerpt here.

Life Afloat

Life on the Cut: Memories of Horse-drawn Boating

Graham Guest provides personal recollections of working horse-boats on the BCN as a youth in the late 1950s and early ’60s. It’s a marvellous story of adventure and discovery, and his memories of working boaters, breaking ice in the winter of 1961/’62 and caring for horses are particularly vivid

You can view an excerpt here.

From the Archives

Welsh Journals Online

Joseph Boughey finds some interesting details about the waterways on a free online archive from Wales, much of which relates to the Montgomeryshire Canal.

You can view an excerpt here.

Picturing the Past

British Waterways Boating

Another delve into Patrick Rawlinson’s colour photo archive shows British Waterways boats Purton and Capella at work at Buckby on the Grand Union Canal in the 1950s.

You can view an excerpt here.

Last Traffic

Fellows, Moreton & Clayton Steamers: Postscript

Chris M. Jones looks at the circumstances and boat, FMC’s Earl, that brought an end to narrowboat steamer traffic.

You can view an excerpt here.

Picturing the Past

Newsprint Photographs on the Grand Junction

Chris M. Jones delves through a collection of published images showing canal-carrying in south-east England during the early years of the 20th century.

You can view an excerpt here.