Summer 2012

The Summer 2012 issue of NarrowBoat includes the following features. You can purchase back issues online - click here for our shop.

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Historical Profile: Ashby Canal


Geoff Pursglove looks at a wide-beam canal that was created for, but almost destroyed by, coal 

Famous Fleets: Greaves, Bull & Lakin


Christopher M. Jones tells the story of the lime & cement carrying fleet based at Stockton 

Last Traffics: Last Boat North


We reprint an article written by Michael Streat in 1970 about Blue Line’s final days as the boats returned from their last run to the “Jam ’Ole” 

Historical Canal Maps: Brindley’s 1769 view


Richard Dean explores Brindley’s map of the emerging canal system 

Picturing The Past: Heather Bell at Tipton

Keith Hodgkins takes a closer look a fascinating series of photographs of Daphne March at work in World War Two, now held by the Imperial War Museum

Working on the Waterways: Tractor Towing

David Blagrove looks at a towing technique that replaced horses in the London area