Summer 2011 – Issue 22

The Summer 2011 issue of NarrowBoat includes the following features. You can purchase back issues online - click here for our shop.

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Historical Profile: Bridgewater Canal


Mike Clarke delves into the navigation that started the Canal Age as it celebrates its 250th anniversary 

Famous Fleets: Harkers of Knottingley


Alan Faulkner takes a nostalgic look at the Dale class tanker barges that used to be operated by Harkers of Knottingley 

Traditional Techniques: Thumblining


David Blagrove explains the mystery of how to open lock gates with your working boat pair 

Canals That Never Were: Canals to Cannock


Richard Dean traces proposals that would have linked the Cannock Extension Canal through to Rugeley

Early Campaigning: Last Cruise to "Top o' the Map"

Malcolm Braine looks at the history of the once very busy Cannock Extension Canal and recalls one last cruise along it in 1962

Working on the Waterways: Sweet Charity

Jim Marshall recalls the work of Joe Gilbert and Jess Owen at Charity Dock, Bedworth, and an incident with the Skinners involving old 'white' £5 notes

Picturing the Past: Jim Payler of Blisworth

David Blagrove pays tribute to Jim Payler, who recorded the last years of narrowboat traffic passing Blisworth and Stoke Bruerne