Winter 2013 - Issue 32

The Winter 2013 issue of NarrowBoat includes the following features. You can purchase back issues online - click here for our shop.

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Famous Fleets: Wyvern Shipping Company

Alan Faulkner recounts the transition from a small commercial carrier to a successful hire boat operator 

Historical Profile: Worsley’s Underground Canals

Mike Clarke explores some of the best known but least visited early canals 

Picturing the Past: Will King on the GU

David Blagrove looks through photographs of narrowboats taken in the late 1950s between London and Hemel Hempstead 

Historic Canal Maps: Shropshire Canal

Richard Dean uses maps to locate a long-lost waterway 

Picturing the Past: Three Bridges

Postcards in George Hancock's collection show a Lyons' tea promotion at Southall

Traditional Techniques: Breaking the Ice Marriott's Way & Packet Boats

David Blagrove examines a particularly detailed print  – of a well-known photograph of an ice breaker at Linford

Last Traffics: Boating with the Purcells

Mike Stone  journeyed up the Grand Union Canal in the summer of 1961 on a pair of Willow Wren boats

Early Campaigning: Happy Valley

A look at canalside recreation on the Stratford Canal just south of Birmingham in the early 20th century 

From The Archives: Bradford Canal

Joseph Boughey finds a short length of canal that was converted into a railway in the 1920s