Winter 2012 – Issue 20

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Famous Fleets: John Walley

Alan Faulkner looks at a small operator that specialised in carrying flints to the pottery industry in Stoke-on-Trent 

Historical Profile: Gloucester & Sharpness Canal

Hugh Conway Jones examines one of Britain’s few ‘ship canals’ – a popular destination for leisure boaters today 

Working on the Waterways: Wartime Christmas

John Pyper considers hand-made cards sent by the wartime trainees – the ‘Idle Women’ – and trainer Kit Gayford’s diary entries for Christmas 1942 

Canals That Never Were: Aylesbury & Western Junction

Richard Dean looks at a project to link the Grand Junction with the Wilts & Berks – a scheme which might yet have a future! 

A Broader Outlook: Tug Brent

The story of a new tug being built and trialled in the late 1920s for the Grand Junction Canal Co

Last Traffics: Blue Line

David Blagrove looks through Terry Putnam’s colourful photographs of boats carrying coal from Atherstone to the “Jam ’ole” at Southall, the last regular long-distance narrowboat traffic on the canals that ceased 40 years ago

Traditional Techniques: Leighton Buzzard in the 1930s

In an online auction, Ray Butler recently won a set of negatives showing remarkable detail of “workaday boats and boaters doing workaday things”

Picturing the Past: T&M Tunnel Traffic

Stan Heaton photographed narrowboats working on the northern Trent & Mersey Canal in the late 1950s and early 1960s

A Place in History: An Early Tub Boat Canal

Colin Bristow rediscovers the 18th century Carclaze–Scredda canal system in Cornwall