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Spring 2019 - Issue 53

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

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Front Cover: On a misty spring day Gordon Hall Waddington’s motor Seagull is loaded with aluminium and being worked single handed. She was built by W. J. Yarwood & Sons Ltd at Northwich for carriers W.H. Cowburn & Cowpar Ltd of Manchester in January 1935. Her hull was all steel with a wooden cabin and she was fitted with a long cylindrical tank to carry carbon disulphide to Coventry and Wolverhampton.

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Famous Fleets

George Hall Waddington

Famous fleets Chris M. Jones and Euan Corrie look at the activities of a north-western narrowboat carrier of the 1950s

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Historical Profiles

Boating to Braunston

Located at the junction of the Grand Union and Oxford canals, Braunston thrived on its canal trade for over 150 years. Chris M. Jones looks back

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A Broader Outlook

Keels at Keadby

A broader outlook Chris M. Jones studies early 20th-century images showing traffic on the Sheffield & South Yorkshire Navigation and River Trent at Keadby

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Picturing the Past

Blue Line at Marsworth

Two evocative colour images from Jack Parkinson’s collection show canal-carrying on the Grand Union in the mid-‘60s

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Working the Waterways

Britain at Work

Chris M. Jones explores the details of waterway photographs published in an early 20th-century book

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From the Archives

Charles Hadfield and the World Canals Collection

Joseph Boughey examines the public archives of well-known canal historian Charles Hadfield

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Tracing Family History

The Preston Family of Middlewich

Mary Kelly explores her family’s long involvement with inland boating in the North West

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Canal Curios

Isabella Salt's Chest

A decorative boatwoman’s box has museum staff scratching their heads. SARAH HENSHAW finds out more

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Canals that never were

Settle and Ingleton

RICHARD DEAN describes canal proposals in the Craven area of Yorkshire

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Picturing the Past

Single Horse-boating on the Grand Junction

Two images taken before WWI provide a glimpse into an age when towing a single loaded boat by horse from Brentford to Birmingham was all in a day’s work for experienced boaters

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