Winter 2009 - Issue 16

The Winter 2009 issue of NarrowBoat includes the following features. You can purchase back issues online - click here for our shop.

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Historical Profile: River Thames

David Blagrove takes up the story of the 'Royal River' from the 1860s to the present day 

Famous Fleets: Wide Boats

Chris M. Jones and Chris R. Jones investigate the unusual ‘wide-beam narrowboats’ that operated on the southern section of the Grand Union Canal 

Tracing Family History

Richard Booth reveals the curious circumstances behind a double funeral on the Grand Union Canal at Marsworth 

Canals That Never Were: Basingstoke

Richard Dean traces the early schemes to put Basingstoke on the canal map 

Traditional Techniques: Ice-Breaking on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Mike Clarke looks at how one canal company dealt with a serious hindrance to trade in the bleak Pennine winters

Picturing the Past: Will King Collection

T.W. King came from a boating family, was a toll clerk on the Birmingham Canal Navigations, and also a keen photographer – a winning combination in the photographic results!

Picturing the Past: SeeingDouble

A set of stereoscopic photographs shows some interesting canal scenes